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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

Upcoming events (1)

Chicago Outerbelt Trail- Robert McClory bike path-Lake Forest & Fort Sheridan

Fort Sheridan Metra Station

This walk takes us a little way on the on the Outerbelt Trail. It will also take us through a part of Fort Sheridan.
We meet at the Fort Sheridan Metra station located at 461 W. Old Elm Road Highwood, IL 60040. Last time I was there the parking was free on Sunday. We'll walk North to Ryan Pl where we left off a few weeks ago. We turn back and at turn into Fort Sheridan. From the Spanish-American War in 1898 to Operation Desert Storm in the 1990s, Fort Sheridan served a vital military role. The Fort was established in 1887, The 632-acre site along the shore of Lake Michigan had access to railroads and lake shipping, and landforms of “value to infantry and cavalry training.” Fort Sheridan's role evolved over the next century, from peacekeeper during the Pullman Strikes of June 1894 to training center for wars being fought around the globe. The base was officially closed by the Department of Defense on May 3, 1993. Fort Sheridan is now a residential community on the North Shore of Lake Michigan. In 1984 parts of Fort Sheridan were designated a National Historic Landmark District by the National Park Service. Historically there are many fascinating buildings that have been repurposed. From the landmark Water Tower, the General's residence, the prison and many more interesting things to see. If you enjoy learning about history you'll enjoy this walk. The Fort Sheridan part of the walk is not part of the Outerbelt Trail
Three options for lunch
Backyard Grill Address[masked]nd St, Highland Park, IL 60035
Menu: https://www.eatbackyardgrill.com/menu/

Country Kitchen 446 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035
Menu: https://countrykitchenhp.com/#

Mean Weiner 532 Sheridan Rd, Highwood, IL 60040
Menu: https://orderonlinemenu.com/TheMeanWiener

Past events (162)

Chicago Outerbelt Trail - Middlefork Savanna - Lake Forest

Mellody Farm Nature Preserve