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  1. 4 Great Hiking Destinations with Waterfalls in Illinois

    While they're not common, you can find waterfalls in Illinois. Here are four hiking destinations where you can view them.

  2. 20 Outdoor Adventures to Knock Off Your Chicago Bucket List in 2016

    Waterfalls, towering bluffs, and the best Midwest singletrack are just some of the outdoor adventures to find near Chicago this year.

  3. The Lowdown on the Newest Chicago-Area Camping Getaways

    For the first time in decades, Cook County Forest Preserves will offer overnight camping for the general public at five new facilities.

  4. 4 Great Cabins in Illinois for a Perfect Weekend Getaway from Chicago

    Get away from Chicago to enjoy autumn colors, cooler temperatures and no bugs at these rustic cabins in Illinois with great outdoor perks.

  5. 10 Must-Do Chicago Adventures This Spring

    Winter's over and it's time to enjoy the outdoors again. RootsRated suggests these 10 Chicago adventures to tackle this spring.

  6. Take Advantage of Winter Trails—and More—at Chicago's Morton Arboretum

    In the winter, the Morton Arboretum offers fewer crowds, scenic views, plowed roads for runners, and off-road trails for hikers and skiers.

  7. The 7 Best Places to Hit the Slopes Close to Chicago

    From a modest nearby beginner hill to big resorts in Wisconsin, these destinations offer the best places to hit the slopes close to Chicago.

  8. 7 Great Places to Snowshoe Around Chicago

    Frozen waterfalls, pine-lined singletrack, nature preserves, and wooded escapes are among the best places to snowshoe around Chicago.

  9. 7 Outdoor Adventures to Beat the Winter Blues in Chicago

    Ice skating downtown, tubing, fat-tire biking, and a rare luge track are just some of the ways to beat the winter blues in Chicago.

  10. The 5 Best Places to Cross-Country Ski in Chicago

    While you can cross-country ski just about anywhere, discover why these destinations with groomed trails around Chicago are worth the trip.

  11. 8 Fantastic Chicago Adventures to Replace Black Friday Shopping

    Ditch the mall on Black Friday, grab your gear and enjoy singletrack trails, natural beauty and near-empty parks to celebrate the holiday.

  12. 6 Chicago Races to Celebrate the Holidays

    Don’t let the weather get you down. These holiday-themed Chicago races will raise your spirits and provide a welcome reason to get outside.

  13. 5 Paved Chicago Trails to Stay Active in the Muddy Season

    Don't let the wet weather keep you inside. These paved Chicago trails allow you to keep running and cycling when other trails turn to mud.

  14. 7 of the Best Trails in Chicago to Tackle This Fall

    From the pristine sands of the Indiana Dunes to the classic Palos Trail System, here are some of the best trails in Chicago that every Windy City resident should experience at least once.

  15. Explore Chicago’s Northerly Island As It Finally Returns to a More Natural State

    After Major Richard M. Daley’s controversial land grab, Northerly Island is finally open to the public as a nature preserve and quiet space.

  16. 5 Great Trail Runs Around Chicago

    Get off the roads and crushed limestone trail this fall and enjoy these trail runs around Chicago that will re-energize you running.

  17. 5 Great Options for Late-Season Paddling Around Chicago

    It's not too late in the season to enjoy paddling around Chicago. Here are five destinations perfect for a ride on the water.

  18. 7 Late-Season Adventure Runs Around Chicago

    You don't have to run a marathon to put your training to the test. These 7 adventure runs around Chicago can challenge the toughest athlete.

  19. Exploring Chicago’s New Cal-Sag Trail in the South Suburbs

    The Cal-Sag Trail in Chicago's south suburbs opened the first 13-mile section of what will connect Lemont, IL, to Indiana when finished.

  20. Celebrating 100 Years with a 100-Mile Trail in DuPage County

    The DuPage County Forest Preserves celebrates its 100th anniversary this year with a 100-mile trail linking more than 30 of its preserves.

  21. 7 Top Spots to Swim Outside around Chicago

    Whether you're training for a triathlon or simply looking for a good place to swim, these 7 spots offer more than just splashing around.

  22. Exploring Chicago’s New 606 Trail

    Chicago's new 606 trail has opened up former elevated rail line to pedestrians and cyclists—with excellent results.

  23. 5 Pairings of Chicago Bike Rides and Craft Beers

    Combining bike rides and craft beers is about as good as it gets for cyclists, and the Chicago area happens to be home to some great spots to do just that.

  24. 5 Places To Go Whitewater Rafting in the Midwest

    Whitewater rafting in the Chicago area isn't as far away as you think. Check out these outfitters for a day or weekend trip you won't forget.

  25. A Conversation with CARA Executive Director Ed Zylka

    Chicago Area Runner's Association (CARA) Executive Director Ed Zylka talks about his plans for the organization and improvement of running in Chicago.

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