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Beaches, Parks & Nature Centers

Our spectacular sandy beaches, beautifully landscaped public parks, lively playgrounds, and scenic lakefront jogging and biking trails captivate families and "kids" of all ages. While you are here, make time to play a round or two of golf, take a swim in Lake Michigan or visit one of the water parks, miniature golf courses, boating, or recreational facilities available throughout the area.

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1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-5440
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Climb a waterfall garden, discover hidden rooms inside an English Walled Garden, cross bridges spanning sparkling lakes, a Japanese Garden and discover a garden with trains chugging across bridges and trestles. There’s 385 acres and 26 gardens o...
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4650 Brummel St.
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 674-1500 ext. 2500
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Nature is truly appreciated at this 13 acre savanna and center. People of all ages will enjoy this natural oasis full of native wildflowers, grasses, oak trees, three-acre pond and trails. Some of the plants and animals that frequent the pond or...
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2100 Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201

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Swimming, boating, picnicking, and tennis facilities are available with miles of pretty biking and jogging paths along Lake Michigan. Beaches locations: Lighthouse Beach, Central Street at Sheridan Road; Clark Street Beach, Clark Street at Sheri...
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2400 Compass Rd.
Glenview, IL 60026
(847) 299-6096
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Set amidst 32 acres of pristine prairie in Glenview, this Center serves as both gateway and guide to the Air Station Prairie. It’s a great example of how man-made structures can harmonize with the environment. Interpretive panels on the outer wa...
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999 Green Bay Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-3030
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Right in your own backyard is Lake Michigan's most beautiful spot on the North Shore, Glencoe Beach. The beach is ideal for group and family outings, work picnics, or summer camp groups! Lifeguards are on duty daily during beach season. The beac...
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1421 Milwaukee Ave.
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 299-6096
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The Grove offers 145 acres of nature preserve with trails to walk through woodland, prairie and natural wetlands. Visitors will enjoy the Interpretive Center filled with exhibits of native animals. Learn about the local history of The Kennicott ...
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2024 Mc Cormick Blvd.
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 448-8256
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Stretching along a three-quarter mile segment of McCormick Boulevard on a narrow, 23 acre strip of reclaimed land following the diagonal course of the North Shore Channel, the arboretum is an area of natural beauty and recreation open year-round...
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545 Academy Dr.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 291-2960
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This acclaimed Park District manages more than 500 acres of parks and provides more than 1,000 recreational programs. Distinctive facilities include: two outdoor aquatic centers, Sportsman’s Country Club (with 27 holes, a lighted practice range ...
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540 Hibbard Rd.
Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 501-2040
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Over 23 acres of park land adjacent to scenic Lake Michigan. Winnetka Park District operates three swim beaches (Elder Lane, Maple Street and Tower Road), one boat Launch and Sailing Center (Lloyd) and for our four-legged friends a Dog Beach (C...