Photo courtesy of Megy Karydes
Photo courtesy of Megy Karydes
Photo courtesy of Megy Karydes
Photo courtesy of Megy Karydes

North Park Village Nature Center

Type: Family Friendly, Free Attractions, Parks

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Parks: Visitors to this hidden gem will enjoy oak savanna, a forest, wetland and prairie all in one area. There are three trails from which to choose and explore: main loop, wetland and woodland and while you can take as long as you'd like, it's possible to do them all within an hour if you're in a hurry (although hopefully you're not because you want to stop at the lily pond, gaze at the free roaming deer and catch a turtle or finches as you take in the fresh air and scenery). Early Spring, locals from all over the city come by for the annual Maple Tree Tapping Festival where kids can enjoy free activities and see demonstrations on the Maple syrup process. The Center offers great (many of which are free) educational programs on topics such as composting.

Things to Do with Kids: It's not often you get to enjoy oak savanna, a forest, wetland and prairie all in one area but you can at North Park Village Nature Center. There are three trails from which to choose and explore: main loop, wetland and woodland and while you can take as long as you'd like, it's possible to do them all within an hour if you're in a hurry (although hopefully you're not because you want to stop at the lily pond, gaze at the free roaming deer and catch a turtle or finches as you take in the fresh air and scenery. Early Spring Chicagoans from all over the city come by for the annual Maple Tree Tapping Festival where kids can enjoy free activities and see demonstrations on the Maple syrup process. The Center offers great (many of which are free) educational programs on topics such as composting.


Address

5801 North Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60646

Map / Directions
(312) 744-5472

Expert Tips by Megy Karydes

Chicago Local Expert

Parks, Things to Do with Kids: "Limited hours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. so plan accordingly."

Best for Parks, Things to Do with Kids Because: It's not often you get to enjoy oak savanna, forest, wetland and prairie in one area but you can at North Park Village Nature Center.

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