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Layering 101: How to Stay Warm and Comfortable in Cold Conditions

Layering 101: How to Stay Warm and Comfortable in Cold Conditions
The arrival of cold weather doesn’t mean you have to abandon your favorite outdoor activities and wait until the return of warm weather before…
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The Ultimate Guide to Beginner Hiking in Illinois

The Ultimate Guide to Beginner Hiking in Illinois
Thousands of acres of forest, sparkling waterfalls, rolling plains—Illinois is a hiker’s dream. Whether you’re looking for…
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A Guide to Fall Foraging in the U.S.

A Guide to Fall Foraging in the U.S.
It’s September, and the coming of fall equals an abundance of autumnal harvest…in the woods. Foraging is currently all the rage at top…
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5 Awesome Trail Running Spots in Illinois

5 Awesome Trail Running Spots in Illinois
Nothing beats running on a nature trail through wilderness. Illinois offers hundreds of running trails, all of which boast scenic views around every…
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5 Energizing Hikes in Illinois

5 Energizing Hikes in Illinois
Working out at the gym can get mundane for outdoor enthusiasts, so many decide to pursue invigorating hikes in nature. From rock formations to scenic…
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Start Your Trek: 10 Best Hiking Retailers in Illinois

Start Your Trek: 10 Best Hiking Retailers in Illinois
Before undertaking any hiking trip, one must be equipped with all of the proper equipment. From the right boots, the right layers, to the right…
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SPOTLIGHT: Things to Do in and Around Fox Ridge State Park

SPOTLIGHT: Things to Do in and Around Fox Ridge State Park
Sprawling across thousands of acres with twinkling lakes and lush vegetation, Fox Ridge State Park is the ideal escape. Whether you’re looking…
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5 Best Birdwatching Hikes in Illinois

5 Best Birdwatching Hikes in Illinois
Illinois is home to hundreds of bird species thanks to the diverse habitats throughout the state. The preservation of these wetlands, prairies,…
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5 Great Hiking Trails in Illinois

5 Great Hiking Trails in Illinois
Illinois’ diverse natural landscapes and abundant state parks have led to the many great hiking trails around the state. With thousands of…
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5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in Illinois

5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in Illinois
Scenic hikes are relaxing, inspiring, and invigorating for both new and experienced hikers. There are hundreds of hiking trails throughout Illinois…
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5 Amazing Weekend Fall Hikes Across the U.S.

5 Amazing Weekend Fall Hikes Across the U.S.
The warm days and crisp, cool nights of autumn make the perfect conditions for a weekend hiking and camping excursion. There is nothing quite like…
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4 Easy Ways To Enjoy Mountain Biking On Your Vacation

4 Easy Ways To Enjoy Mountain Biking On Your Vacation
If you’ve been on a vacation to an outdoor destination in the past few years, you’ve likely noticed a new phenomenon: cycle paths, single…
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10 Tips For Going Ultralight on the Trail

10 Tips For Going Ultralight on the Trail
One of the hottest trends in hiking and backpacking over the past few years has been the shift toward going ultralight on the trail. Typically, this…
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Pack Your Backpack the Right Way in 5 Easy Steps

Pack Your Backpack the Right Way in 5 Easy Steps
Learning how to properly pack a backpack is a true art form that every outdoor enthusiast should master. Whether you’re heading into the…
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Hiking Boots—Six Great Choices Your Feet Will Love

Hiking Boots—Six Great Choices Your Feet Will Love
Proper footwear is one of the many keys to a successful hike. Here are six boots that will coddle your heel and arches while performing admirably on…
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Events Near Great Lakes IL

Fall Bird Hike – Cuba Marsh

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 at 8:30am
Cuba Marsh
Barrington, IL
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Twin Lakes Oktoberfest

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018
Twin Lakes Country Club
Twin Lakes, WI
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Birding with Cameras

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 at 7:30am
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
Deerfield, IL
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Glenview Farmers Market

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 at 8:00am
Wagner Farm
Glenview, IL
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Ravinia Festival - Pamela Frank

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 at 8:30pm
Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, IL
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Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival at The Woman's Club of Evanston

Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 at 10:00am
Womans Club of Evanston
Evanston, IL
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Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival at Bookends and Beginnings

Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 at 12:00pm
Bookends and Beginnings
Evanston, IL
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Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival at The Celtic Knot

Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 at 1:00pm
The Celtic Knot Public House
Evanston, IL
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Fall Bird Hike – Galloping Hill

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 at 8:30am
Penny Road Pond
Barrington, IL
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