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  1. 6 Best Places to Paddle Around Chicago

    With 22 forest preserves and hundreds of miles of waterways, the Windy City is an unexpectedly awesome place to get on the water. Here, 6 great spots to paddle around Chicago.

  2. The Backbone Path: The Underrated Joys of Ridgeline Hikes

    Ridgeline hikes come with a special, if not understated, appeal: The joy of exploring the land from above, with never a doubt as which way to go.

  3. How to Bury Your Wine in the Snow (and Other Boozy Tips from a Snowboarding Sommelier)

    Wine just isn't for apres anymore: Just ask snowboarder and sommelier Ryan Arnold, who shares how to bury your vino in the snow for a mid-run splash, plus other savvy tips.

  4. Central Illinois Is a Bona Fide Hub for Outdoor Recreation. Here's Proof.

    If you think of the central portion of our country as nothing but endless corn fields and wide open spaces, you’re not alone.... But you might be wrong.

  5. The Furniture Stainer Who Stole My Backpacking Boots: A True Crime Story

    The hilarious but maddening true crime story of the furniture stainer who stole a pair of boots.

  6. What It's Like to Snorkel Between Two Continents

    Home to some of the clearest water on Earth, and so narrow that you can touch two continents at once, this is what it's like to snorkel in Iceland's Silfra Tectonic Fissure.

  7. The Best Trail to Tavern Pairings in Chicago

    An insider's guide to five trail-to-tavern trips in the Chicago area that include a great hiking and unique, locally brewed beer.

  8. Rock On: The 5 Best Southeast Music Festivals

    Plan out festival season with this guide to the best Southeast music festivals, from the rock of Bonnaroo to the soul of Shaky Knees.

  9. 5 Chicago Trail Races You Need to Know About

    Chicago is loaded with road-running options, but check out these 5 trail races to discover why so people are taking their running off-road.

  10. 10 Chicago Half Marathons to Look Forward To This Year

    Half marathons are the fastest growing race distance in the U.S. Here are 10 great Chicago half marathons worth checking out this year.

  11. The Lowdown on Winter Fat Biking in Chicago

    More and more Chicago cyclists are discovering that fat biking is a fun way to ride outside through the snow—and all year round.

  12. Take the Stairs in the Windy City

    Exercising in Chicago during the winter months is miserable. Enter urban stair climbing, the new way to stay fit even when the weather outside is beyond frightful.

  13. Inspired by Everest? Try Tackling 7 Summits in Illinois

    Illinois may be the Prairie State, but adventurous souls can tackle these 7 summits around the state. No supplemental oxygen needed.

  14. Deer Grove Forest Preserve

    The 1,800-acre Deer Grove is the oldest forest preserve in Cook County offering nearly 10-miles of trails to hike.

  15. Best Spots for Newbie Cross-Country Skiers in Illinois

    For an area that features snowy winters, there are surprisingly few newbie cross-country skiers in Illinois. But here are two places where you can go to learn.

  16. 7 Chicago-Area Century Rides for Cyclists This Fall

    Enjoy the fall colors on two wheels at these 7 century rides around Chicago and the Midwest that will make any cyclist smile.

  17. 5 of Chicago's Best Beginner Snowshoe Spots

    Snowshoeing is a wonderful way to get outdoors during the winter, and Chicago is loaded with places where beginners can learn to snowshoe.

  18. Q&A with Ultra Runner Amanda Tichacek

    We sat down with Chicago runner Amanda Tichacek to talk about what keeps her moving and some of her favorite aspects about the sport she's devoted her life to.

  19. Amanda Tichacek: Running in the Heartland

    Amanda Tichacek is a runner who has found roots in Chicago -- not to mention an incredible network of trails perfect for ultra-running.

  20. 7 Great Chicago-Area Long Runs That Aren’t the Lakefront Path

    The Lakefront Path is Chicago's best running resource, but it isn't the only place for long runs on the marathon training schedule.

  21. Starved Rock State Park

    Starved Rock State Park features 18 canyons formed by ancient melting glaciers.

  22. How to Explore Herrick Lake and the Best Trail System in DuPage County

    Herrick Lake Forest Preserve offers scenic trails and serves as a gateway to the best trail system that DuPage County has to offer.

  23. Chicago's Fall Bucket List: 6 Things You Should Do This Autumn

    Whether running through the world's largest corn maze or celebrating Oktoberfest at the most visited park in Illinois, here are the can't-miss fall adventures in Chicago.

  24. Morton Arboretum Offers Trees, Hills and Trails—Plus The Best Fall Colors in the Chicago Area

    The fall is the best time to visit the Morton Arboretum, which features fantastic hiking trails and paved roads for running and cycling.

  25. Feast on the 10 Best Turkey Trots in Chicago

    Running on Thanksgiving is a holiday tradition, and these turkey trots in Chicago and its suburbs give you good reason to join the movement.

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