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

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

A south suburban nature center with a beautiful lake and easy hiking trails

Nearly 22 acres of restored woodlands, wetlands, a play area for kids, and a pond on the far North Side of Chicago. A perfect place for a short hike or contemplation. 

Ghost stories of Chicago’s southwest suburbs and my own ghost story

Thoughts on the murder of George Floyd, marching for justice, and looting

A great state park with camping, surf and sand, and much more just two hours north of Chicago

A beautiful prairie in a western suburb and 25+ other prairies to visit

These were the topics of the 8 most-popular articles last month at my blog, Nature in Chicagoland, as selected by my readers. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, be sure to check with the forest preserve, nature center, or other destinations regarding parking lot or facility closures 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.

Here are links to the articles.

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

Copyright Andrew Morkes

2. Palmisano Park: A Hidden Gem in Chicago

Copyright Andrew Morkes

3. Eleven Things to Do at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

4. West Ridge Nature Preserve: An Oasis in Chicago

5. A Personal Ghost Story, Ghosts of Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs, and 11 Spots for Post-Ghost-Tour Fun

Copyright Andrew Morkes

6. America 2020: Thoughts On the Murder of George Floyd, Marching for Justice, and Looting

7. Kohler-Andrae State Park: Camping, Surf and Sand, and Much More

8. Belmont Prairie and More Than 25 Other Prairies in Chicagoland to Visit and Enjoy

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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