What we're about

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” - Unknown

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” - Robert Frost


Do you love Hiking and Adventures?

Welcome to the Chicago Hiking, Outdoors, & Social Meetup Group. We strive for adventures, fun, and friendships. This group is for people who enjoy hiking, being outdoors and meeting new people. We feature hikes for all skill levels, canoeing, camping, biking, social gatherings and other outdoor activities. These events are a great way to get out, meet people, and smell some fresh air. If you have a suggestion, please feel free to contact the Organizer or post them on “ideas for meetup” on the calendar page. Most of the activities are pretty tame, but any participation in this group is at your own risk. If you want to meet fun and adventurous people, this group is for you. Come join us. It will be an adventure you won’t soon forget.

Adventures are closer than you think!


Get Involved:

We need Assistant Organizers and Event Hosts! If you don't see your preferred activity listed or a hike on your side of town, please volunteer by contacting the Organizer! You might be surprised just how many people are looking to do the same activity that you are. Other ways to volunteer would be a Greeter (Greet new members as they join the group.) or Monthly News Letter Editor (Write articles for a Monthly News Letter to be published on the message board.). We welcome Event & Group Sponsors who need some publicity for a great price!

Why not become a Hike Leader?


Monthly Photo Contest:

We are having a Monthly Photo Contest. You have 1 month to upload your favorite photo. At the end of the month, the Assist Organizers will pick the top 12. We will then have a poll for voting on these 12. The members will be able to rate each picture from 1 to 10 rating. The photo with the highest ratings at the end of this month will win. This photo will then be used as the open page picture for following month. The only thing you receive are bragging rights.

Upload January Photos Here: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoHOS/photos/799681/
Please name the photo and leave a comment about the photo.

So why not amaze the rest of the members with you photography skills?


100 Miles Club and 200 Miles Club:

Are you looking for a Goal to reach? We have two clubs for you. You join the 100 Miles Club when you reach 100 Miles hiking a year with this group only (Chicago Hiking, Outdoors, & Social Meetup Group). You join the 200 Miles Club when you reach 200 Miles hiking a year with any Meetup Groups (Windy City Hikers, this group, etc.). Your Meetup Names will be posted in the About Section in this group.

Let’s start counting those miles!


Dues and Fees:

There are no membership dues to be part of this group. For prepay events, we will sometimes add up to three dollars, normally 1 to 2, to the payment to help out with the Meetup.com monthly fees.

For other events, example hikes, we suggest a 1 or 2 dollar donation at the start of the event. This is totally voluntary. No records will be kept for who donates and who doesn’t.

If you want to make a voluntary donation. Go to the top of this page and click on "Pay Online". Enter the amount you would like to donate. Donate any amount you like. This will be paid with Paypal.

We would personally prefer if people would donate their time as an Assistant Organizer or Hike Leader versus making a donation of money. Any help is very much appreciated.

Thank you!


Other Recommended Outdoors Meetup Groups: If events are full on this group, why not see what these groups are up to.

The NW Burbs Camping Meetup Group

Southwest Suburbs Sports, Outdoors, & Social Meetup Group

Chicago Camping & Outdoors Adventure Group


Please support Outdoors Meetup Groups!


See you on the trail!


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Upcoming events (4+)

Let's hike

Red Gate Woods

Let's hike at Red Gate Woods. We will hike at a 3.5MPH pace. Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome, but we will not wait if your dog, like mine, has to stop and smell everything.

Dress in layers. Brisk walking makes it feel 10 degrees warmer than the actual temperature. Bring a snack and water. We will stop at the halfway point and take a break. We will probably hike 6-8 miles.

Evening Walk: Oak Forest Heritage Preserve East

Oak Forest Heritage Preserve-East

Join a Forest Preserves staff member for an evening walk through the woods.

All visitors over 2 years of age must wear a mask indoors at all times. Unvaccinated visitors should also wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing (six feet from other people) is not possible.

Fitness Hike: Wolf Road Woods

Wolf Road Woods

Take your workout outside and enjoy the benefits of hitting the trail on this 5.5-mile, unpaved trail hike. Fast walk and slower-paced options available. Register at tinyurl.com/wrwfitness

Let's hike

Herrick Lake Forest Preserve

This will be a 6-8 mile hike at a 3.5MPH pace. Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome, but the group will not wait if your dog, like mine, has to stop and smell everything.

We will stop at the halfway point for a break and snack. Dress in layers as you will warm up as we go.

As always, if you RSVP and are a no-show, you will be banned from future hikes with me.

Past events (2,518)

Fitness Hike: 3.4 Miles Sauk Trail Woods

Sauk Trail Woods

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