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In addition to Chicago's numerous cultural and athletic activities, there are many excellent opportunities to explore Mother Nature's bounty. Including hikes near Aurora, Joliet, and Elgin, "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago" is filled with great options for those looking for hikes close to home. Trekkers will want to explore trails in Chain O' Lakes State Park, Volo Bog State Natural Area, Palos Forest Preserve, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Focusing on urban and rural areas and everything in between, the book features classic hikes at places such as Starved Rock State Park, as well as undiscovered gems including the LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area in northwestern Indiana. The hikes were chosen for their scenic appeal, but they were also chosen for their historic attractions. People with an interest in local history will enjoy hiking along the historic I&M Canal Trail or through the remains of the Joliet Iron Works. From the dunes of Lake Michigan to the hills and lakes of the northwest to the prairies of the south, hikers will find a trail to their liking in this updated edition of "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago".
About Ted Villaire
Ted Villaire, a Chicago resident, finds himself feverishly drawn to the natural beauty of the Great Lakes region. He has written articles for various newspapers — including the Chicago Tribune, the Des Moines Register, and the Indianapolis Star — and now works as a publications editor for a large non-profit organization based in Chicago.
"60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago" is a marvel of useful information.
— Pioneer Press News Star