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Hike In and Around The Chicago Botanic Garden
This will not be a typical hike. We will hike as a group 2 1/2 miles of the North Branch Trail System from the Skokie Lagoons into the Botanic Gardens: 27 spectacular gardens on 385 acres and is a place of ever-changing beauty that you can stroll through. We will walk the gardens for about 2 hours and then meetup again and hike the 2 1/2 miles back to the lagoons. Assuming a couple of miles of walking within the gardens the total hike should be about 7 miles. This is a great opportunity to see a unique part of the Chicago area conservation effort. The trail will be a combination of pavement and crushed limestone. Here is our schedule: 10:00AM - Meet at Boat Launch. 10:15AM - Begin Walk going along the West side of the North Branch Trail. 11:00AM - Arrive at Botanical Gardens (from 11AM-1PM you can browse around the gardens on your own or with others from the meetup group). 01:00PM - Meet back at the Gardens main entrance with Group. 01:15PM - Leave Botanical Gardens and Finish the walk going along the East side of the North Branch Trail. 02:00PM - Arrive back at Boat Launch. Admission to the Botanic Garden is free. The garden does charge for parking but since we will be walking in, there will be no cost to us. While it is completely optional, you might consider bringing a small ($2 or so) donation to drop in their glass donation box. Completely, completely optional. While you are in the Gardens, you may buy yourself lunch at the beautiful gardens cafe, or you can bring lunch or snacks with you and eat on the benches or picnic tables. Or if you are really engrossed with things.... you can look now and eat later :-) Directions: From Chicago, take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) until I-94 splits off to form the Edens Expressway. Exit at Willow and head east. Take a left (North) on Forest Way to Tower Road. Take a left on Tower Road and look for the boat launch parking lot on the left. Additional information: Chicago Botanic Garden Web Page: Cook County North Branch Trail System Map: Chicago Botanic Garden Map: Garden View Cafe menu: For those who have never been to the garden, or those who have not been in a while, this will be a treat! NOTE: This is an outside event and subject to weather conditions. We will post any changes on the event page and will send an email to everyone on the RSVP list. Please use "Comments" area in the bottom of the event page to offer/ask rides and post any questions or comments.

Tower Road Boat Launch, 1750 Tower Rd, Winnetka, IL

1750 Tower Rd, · Winnetka,, IL


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Welcome to ChicagoVeg – Chicagoland Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw Foodist Community.

ChicagoVeg is the largest Chicagoland community for vegetarians, vegans, and raw foodists to socialize and meet like-minded people. We organize a range of fun activities and educational events in the city and the suburbs. Whether you are vegan or not vegan, we welcome everyone who is interested in a vegan/vegetarian/raw lifestyle for any reason - ethical, environmental, health, or spiritual. We support a nonjudgmental community where everyone can feel welcome to express their opinions, socialize, and have fun! Some of the fun activities include the following: exchanging vegan recipes (raw and not raw), vegan food potlucks, dining out at local vegetarian/vegan/raw restaurants, lectures pertaining to the vegetarian/vegan/raw lifestyle, and outreach events that promote a vegan lifestyle. We see the importance of educating others about advantages of veganism/vegetarianism, and we believe that a continuous education and supportive community are vitally important to sustain a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle.

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