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The Prairie Club of Chicago would like to invite members of the public to join us on some of our outdoor activities. The Prairie Club was founded in 1908. The Club began by organizing hikes into the country as a way for people to escape the crowded urban environment of Chicago and enjoy nature in and around the city. Outdoor activities and conservation have been core values for the Prairie Club since its inception. The Prairie Club played a prominent role in the establishment of the Cook County Forest Preserve system, the Indiana Dunes State Park, and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. In addition to weekend hiking, we will offer opportunities for canoeing/kayaking, and bicycling events during the year.

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Hike at Indiana Dunes State Park

Dunes Park South Shore Station

Hike at beautiful, historic Indiana Dunes State Park. We will meet at noon Chicago time on Saturday June 10 at the entrance to the Dunes Park South Shore station on US 12 and State Hwy 49. .There is a South Shore train departing Millennium Station at 10:45 AM which arrives at Dunes Park at 12:10 PM for people who do not want to drive. From there we will carpool into the park to the visitor’s center (there is a $20 per vehicle entrance fee which we will ask passengers to share) At the Visitor's Center we will pay homage to the Prairie Club memorial fountain designed by Jens Jensen. Then we hike for about three hours, taking a break along the way to have lunch. The hike is of moderate difficulty involving a climb up the Dunes and some footing in loose sand. After the hike we can look at the exhibits at the nature center including historic photos of the Club. Estimated time should be about 4 hours. Please advise the trip leader if you plan to arrive by train. There is a return train to Chicago at 5:51 PM for those coming by train. Please bring a bag lunch, plenty of water, sun protection and bug spray and dress in layers for the weather. Directions by car: From Chicago take I-80/I-94 east to Indiana State Hwy. 49 North, Exit 26. Go north about 2 miles to the US 12 East exit. The station entrance is on the east side of IN-49 on US 12.

Past events (131)

Morton Arboretum Spring Walk

Morton Arboretum