In 2018, a group of hikers created the Chicago Outerbelt Trail that took existing trails in suburbs, The Forest Preserve, CIty of Chicago, and linked them together with neighborhood streets and sidewalks to create a 210 mile loop around our beautiful city.Paths are paved, crushed stone, and unpaved. This group will hike 5 - 7 miles each event at a 2.5 - 3 MPH pace as we make our way around the Outerbelt Trail. No week will be the same as we traverse forests, prairies, walk along rivers, Lake Michigan and see parts of our metropolitan area that most residents don't know exist
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We meet at the Parking lot at 1199 E Oakwood Blvd. It is a pay lot and the web site says $6.00 fo 4 hours.
We will walk South to the Secret Mermaid - cool story. Turn around and head north. We will pass Oakwood Beach,the La Ronda Paraketa Gathering Space, the 31st Harbor, the Burnham Skate Park, 31st St Beach, the Caracol Gathering Space, the McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary, the Chicago Firefighters Memorial, and end at the McCormick Place Fountain. Then turn pack to the cars.
Since we didn't do lunch last walk I thought, if there is interest, we would do the 11 City Diner. Address is 1112 S Wabash Chicago
Distance is about 6.5 miles total (+/- 1/2 mile).
We'll meet at the Riis Park entrance at Fullerton and Melvina. The walk will take us through Riis Park, Steinmetz High School, where my parents and Hugh Heffner went (not at the same time), Bell (George jr.) Park, Shabonna Park, and back to the start.
This walk is a loop and under 6 miles.
I was thinking about Ponce Restaurant for lunch after the walk: http://orderponcerestaurant.com/index.php
Here is the route: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/HVX51xdAat