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Lakefront, Parks & Nature Centers

Our spectacular lakefront, 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. Be sure to check out our updated guide to the best outdoor activities on Chicago's North Shore.

Centennial Recreation Complex

2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette
(847) 256-9676
The Centennial Recreation Complex proudly houses the Wilmette Tennis Club, Centennial Ice Rinks, and Centennial Family Aquatic Center. The building offers party and ... MORE

Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
(847) 835-5440
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... MORE
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Emily Oaks Nature Center

4650 Brummel St., Skokie
(847) 674-1500 ext. 2500
Nature is truly appreciated at this 13 acre savanna and center. People of all ages enjoy this natural oasis full of native wildflowers, grasses, oak trees, three-acr... MORE

Evanston Beaches

2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston
(847) 448-4311
Swimming, boating, picnicking, and tennis facilities are available with miles of pretty biking and jogging paths along Lake Michigan. Beaches locations: Lighthouse B... MORE

Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center

2400 Compass Rd., Glenview
(847) 299-6096
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 st... MORE

Gillson Park

Lake Avenue at Lake Michigan, Wilmette
(847) 256-9660
Gillson Park offers 60 acres of beautiful lakefront property ideal for picnics, bicycling, volleyball, soccer, tennis, and many other outdoor activities. You will fi... MORE

Glencoe Beach

999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe
(847) 835-3030
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, o... MORE

Grove National Historic Landmark

1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview
(847) 299-6096
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 ... MORE

Ladd Memorial Arboretum & Evanston Ecology Center

2024 Mc Cormick Blvd., Evanston
(847) 448-8256
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 Ch... MORE

Northbrook Park District

545 Academy Dr., Northbrook
(847) 291-2960
This acclaimed Park District manages more than 500 acres of parks and provides more than 1,000 recreational programs. Distinctive facilities include: two outdoor aqu... MORE

Forest Preserves of Cook County-River Trail Nature Center

3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook
(847) 824-8360
River Trail Nature Center, one of six educational facilities in the Forest Preserves located in Northbrook tells the story of native plants and animals that remain i... MORE

Winnetka Beaches

540 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka
(847) 501-2040
Over 23 acres of park land adjacent to scenic Lake Michigan. Operating three swim beaches (Elder Lane, Maple Street and Tower Road), one boat Launch and Sailing Cen... MORE
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