What are the best outdoor activities in Chicago?

I recently moved to Chicago and I really miss the outdoors. What are some fun outdoor activities that I could do in or near the city?

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Answer provided by
Liz Jenson
Answered on May 23, 2022
While Chicago isn’t a city known for its green space, there are still plenty of outdoor activities for you to try! Some of the best options in and around the city include:
  1. Kayaking down the Chicago River.
  2. Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden.
  3. Go biking on the 606 Trail.
  4. Visit one of the city’s many parks, like Grant Park.
  5. Have a picnic by the lake at Piedmont Point.
  6. Spend a day at one of the many beaches on Lake Michigan.
  7. Go ziplining or hiking in Bemis Woods.
  8. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo.
  9. While this one isn’t exactly outdoors, the Garfield Park Conservatory is a great place to visit if you want to be surrounded by plants and animals for a few hours—plus, it’s free!
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