Openlands Lakeshore Preserve

The Openlands Lakeshore Preserve is a 72-acre Illinois Nature Preserve in Highland Park, IL, that is home to wooded ravines and some of our region’s most magnificent views of Lake Michigan. The Openlands Lakeshore Preserve is home to three unique ecosystems — ravines, bluffs, and lakefront. These rare and fragile ecosystems exist together in only a few places in the region and require our utmost care and respect.


Openlands completes the transfer of the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, donating it to the Lake County Forest Preserves

With shared commitments to protect open space and care for the region’s most important natural areas, Openlands and the Lake County Forest Preserves completed the transfer of ownership of the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, previously part of the former Fort Sheridan Army Base in Highland Park on Lake Michigan’s shoreline. The property retains its name as the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve and is an addition to the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve. Read full press release here.

As the owners of this property, the Lake County Forest Preserves will be communicating future updates and processing inquiries.

The site is now reopen to the public. Learn more about how to visit the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve by visiting our Get Outside Map.

Openlands Lakeshore Preserve Podcast

While Openlands served as the owners of the property, we produced a series of audio guides to provide interpretation of the nature and art at the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve. These audio files are available on SoundCloud.

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