The Unbridled Greed Hike!

If you believe that the $ sign should be the symbol of Chicago this is the walk for you. Most of the hike will be on the land grant of Chief Alexander Robinson who helped settlers escape from the Fort Dearborn Massacre for cash! We will hike to his burial site that is still making money: for a ghost tour company. Walk the banks of the Des Plaines River where Chief Robinson's descendants are beating the drum and it's not for rain! Our hike will be about four miles and last about two hours. Bring a water bottle-that you want to fill-as we taste true Chicago Spring Water. Finally leave time to do some last minute Christmas shopping at the hot new Fashion Outlets-Chicago mall around the corner from our hike.

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  • Dave

    Very interesting and enjoyable! Thanks for the history background, Stephen! And a great group to walk with!

    December 23, 2013

  • kim c.

    Really nice hike. I expect to live to a hundred thanks to the holy water. Thanks to Stephen and all who showed up.

    December 23, 2013

  • Therese R.

    Enjoyed the walk. Thanks for all the research and some Chicago history.

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Soo

    Thank you, Steve. As always, your hikes are thoroughly enjoyable. Appreciate the effort and thoughtfulness you put into organizing these hikes.

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Fernando

    Thanks Stephen for organizing this great hike and the for history lesson. It is a must repeat event. I must say the water we got from the pump is very very tasty. The quality of taste is quite comparable to the water bottles I buy from the stores. I will be taking my empty gallons jugs and refill from time to time. Thanks to Rachel for posting the Chicago Tribune article, very informative.

    2 · December 21, 2013

  • Darrel

    Rachel--thanks for the link to the Tribune article!

    1 · December 21, 2013

  • Donna

    I enjoyed the hike, people and the history. Thanks Stephen

    December 21, 2013

  • Kathie Q

    Nice hike. Thanks Stephen

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Stephen, for leading us. I'm glad I came.

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a little longer than I expected, but it was beautiful. Not too cold, wet, but manageable.

    December 21, 2013

  • Darrel

    Nice hike complete with history lesson about the early settlers! Interesting people and mild weather. Overall: fun!

    December 21, 2013

  • Judi G.

    Great to hear about the early history of the area. Thanks, Steve

    December 21, 2013

  • Kathie Q

    On my way

    December 21, 2013

  • Pam

    Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to make it today because of a family emergency. I hope I can make the next hike.

    December 21, 2013

  • Katie W.

    I am so disappointed I won't be able to make it. I started feeling under the weather on Thursday. I hoped it would be a 24 or 48 hour bug, but it looks like it isn't. :(

    1 · December 21, 2013

  • Stephen M.

    Conditions most likely will be muddy because the snow is gone on the trails; dress accordingly!

    December 20, 2013

  • Stephen M.

    I know the weather may be a bit iffy but it looks like we are going to miss the winter storm later in the day. Make sure you bring a empty water bottle for our visit to the spring!

    December 20, 2013

  • Kathie Q

    The author Mr Gaylord emailed me back. He won't be joining our hike but welcomes any interest and questions about the interesting story of Chief Robinson and second wife Catherine Chevalier woods.

    December 20, 2013

    • Kathie Q

      The Potawatomi Indians do not have a very good chance of being granted the acreage for a casino. The Menominee tribe were the ones who were forced off this land I guess originally.

      December 20, 2013

    • Kathie Q

      The two tribes are not friendly for this and other reasons I am told

      December 20, 2013

  • kim c.

    Looks like I can make it. Looking forward to it.

    December 20, 2013

  • Jean

    am going to try to make this--sounds great

    December 20, 2013

  • Stephen M.

    Kathie, that sounds great the story of the Chief Robinson is so deliciously filled with twists and turns it's hard to get a real grasp on it all. A fresh perspective would be welcome!

    2 · December 16, 2013

  • Kathie Q

    I've contacted author Peter Gayford who is the authority on the " Chief " Robinson story for some additional information. I've extended an offer to the author to hike with us. I'll let you know what happens. Great educational opportunity for high school and college kids off on winter break too.

    2 · December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds fun, I'll be there!

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Stephen M.

    Indeed the Forest Preserve entrance is between East River Road and River Road just south of Lawrence. If the map doesn't point to this, type in the coordinates that Chuck gave. As for public transportation the Cumberland Blue Line stop is within a long walk (or bike ride) from the Preserve. I haven't checked CTA but I am sure there is a bus that runs on Cumberland. Take it south to Lawrence then hike west the mile to the entrance. If you hit the River you've gone too far.

    Cost for the Haunted House tour? I don't know but I don't think they are going to fill you in on the stranger than fiction history of Chief Chechepinquay "blinking eye" and his descendants.

    1 · December 5, 2013

  • Stephen M.

    Hi folks, Jamie thanks for catching the error! The correct Robinson Woods-South is at the coordinates that Chuck gave. I have gone into the system and I think corrected the error. The address I am giving people is 9101 W. Lawrence, Chicago 60656. That only gets you to the corner of East River Road and Lawrence the actual entrance is a block west on Lawrence at the Des Plaines River. There is plenty of parking, much more than at the actual burial site. I will have signs out.

    2 · December 5, 2013

  • Therese R.

    the map points to Lawrence and Cicero.

    December 5, 2013

  • Therese R.

    Is this between east river road and river road just south of lawrence?

    December 5, 2013

  • Adrienne

    Weird, I accidentally drove by this last week coming back from the Wild Wolf Ranch event with this group. I was lost and thought I always wanted to check this place out..

    December 5, 2013

  • Alma

    Can you pls give more instructions on the meeting place. I am coming from Chicago and not driving. Thank you.

    December 5, 2013

  • Frank S.

    How much for the bus tour ?

    December 5, 2013

  • Jaime

    I think the map might not be correct... I thought Robinson Woods was west of Cumberland Ave. (Unless there's another one I'm not aware of?)

    2 · December 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How's the parking there?

    1 · December 4, 2013

    • Chuck

      It's a good sized forest preserve parking lot, so no problem. Here are the GPS coordinates[masked], [masked]

      2 · December 5, 2013

  • Chuck

    Here's a little info about the Chief for those interested in Chicago history.
    https://sites.google.com/site/chiefalexanderrobinsonhistory/

    http://www.ghostresearch.org/sites/robinson.html

    December 4, 2013

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