The open spaces of the Midwestern landscape have always been crucial to the quality of life in our region. The Chicago Wilderness Region boasts many different and superb ways for people to be connected with nature. Openlands believes these spaces ought to be protected and enjoyed by all.
Visit the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve about 25 miles north of Chicago in Lake County, free to the public and open everyday.
The Northwest Indiana Regional Greenways and Blueways Plan presents a comprehensive vision for land and water corridors, or greenways and blueways, in forty-one municipalities throughout Indiana’s Lake, Porter, and La Porte counties.
Located an hour’s drive from the 12 million residents of the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, and Rockford, the newly-designated Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge is the first such refuge within 100 miles of Chicago.
In 2013, Openlands was accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.
Openlands is leading a series of restorations across the Des Plaines River Watershed that are undertaken in conjunction with the Chicago District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Chicago Department of Aviation.
Utilizing trails is the easiest way to enjoy our region’s natural landscape. Find peace and solitude or share an experience with family and friends while you run, bike, or hike in natural serenity!