8 Amazing State Parks Around Chicago That Will Blow You Away

When you’re constantly surrounded by concrete, nothing is more refreshing than getting back to nature. Forget about skyscrapers, paved sidewalks, and honking cars and go to one of these state parks in Chicago where the smog can’t get you.

These little pockets of nature will help you unwind and get a fresh breath of air. Keep scrolling for all the best places to hike in and around Chicago.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

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