The 7 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in May 2020

A great canoeing/kayaking/hiking destination in the Chicago area

The wildest place in Cook County

Great places to see bison in Chicagoland and beyond

40-foot limestone cliffs, a stream, beautiful waterfalls, and a fishing pond–all in a Chicago neighborhood

Rolling hills, deep ravines, and the remnants of the Manhattan Project

A great place for a hike in Chicago’s south suburbs

Remembering my third set of “grandparents” and a special friendship

These were the topics of the 7 most-popular articles last month at my blog, Nature in Chicagoland, as selected by my readers. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, not every destination below is open. (I’ve added notes for some entries to provide guidance.) Be sure to check with the forest preserve, nature center, or other destinations before you head out. And be sure to engage in social distancing as you enjoy your outing. I look forward to a time when we can enjoy nature in Chicagoland without any closures and worries.

I send my very best wishes to you and your families for perfect health; happiness; strong local, state, and national leadership; and great hiking and other outdoor activities during this extremely challenging time. I also wish for a kinder, more equitable America in which there are no winners and losers, but all winners. This is just a dream at this point, but someday….

Here are links to the articles.

1. Nippersink Creek Provides a Great Kayaking or Canoeing Adventure Just an Hour From Chicago

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2. Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve: The Wildest Place in Cook County (Note: All parking lots around Cap Sauers are currently closed on weekends (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the Saganashkee Slough East Lot to the north of the preserve is open during the week.)

Copyright Andrew Morkes
Copyright Andrew Morkes
Copyright Andrew Morkes
Copyright Andrew Morkes

3. Eight Places to See Bison in the Midwest (Note: In this age of COVID-19, not every bison-viewing destination in this article is open; be sure to check before you head out.)

Copyright U.S. Forest Service
Copyright Andrew Morkes
Copyright Andrew Morkes

4. Palmisano Park: A Hidden Gem in Chicago

Copyright Andrew Morkes

5. Red Gate Woods: Hawks and Hills, Sloughs and Snakes, and Ghosts and Buried Nuclear Waste, Oh My!

Copyright Andrew Morkes
Copyright Andrew Morkes
Copyright Andrew Morkes
Copyright Andrew Morkes
Copyright Andrew Morkes

6. Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve: Stunning Spring Wildflowers, a Sun-Dappled Creek, Splendid Fall Colors, and Easy Hiking

7. Remembering My Third Set of “Grandparents” and a Special Friendship

Copyright Andrew Morkes

Copyright (text/photos) Andrew Morkes, Founder & Author of Nature in Chicagoland



I have been a writer and editor for more than twenty-five years. I’m the founder of College & Career Press (2002); the editorial director of the CAM Report career newsletter and College Spotlight newsletter; the author and publisher of “The Morkes Report: College and Career Planning Trends” blog; and the author and publisher of Hot Health Care Careers: 30 Occupations With Fast Growth and Many New Job OpeningsNontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDsThey Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors, which was selected as one of the best books of the year by the library journal Voice of Youth Advocates; and other titlesThey Teach That in College!? provides more information on environmental- and sustainability-related majors such as Ecotourism, Range Management, Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Built Environment, Sustainability Studies, and Sustainable Agriculture/Organic Farming. I’m also a member of the parent advisory board at my son’s school. 

In addition to these publications, I’ve written more than 40 books about careers for other publishing and media companies. I’ve written and edited many books for Infobase including the venerable Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance, the Vault Career Guide to Accounting, and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering CareersWhat Can I Do Now?!, and Career Skills Library series.

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