Field Trip Sites

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There are a variety of sites for field trips ranging from city parks to county forest preserves, as shown on the map to the right. Field trip sites can be found as far north as Lake Forest and as far south as 135th Street.

Below is a list of sites arranged from north to south along the Chicago River system. The site numbers correspond to those on the map. Each link will display a PDF with information about directions, access to water, amenities, parking and capacity. Feel free to call or email us for recommendations on other sites not listed here.

Download the field trip sites map with the site names listed below.

Site Descriptions

Lake County

​  1. Middlefork Savanna (N. of Route 60)
  2. North Park (S. of Everett Rd.)
  3. Prairie Wolf Slough (S. of Half Day Rd.)

Northern Cook County

  4. Chipilly Woods of Dundee Rd.)
  5. Techny Basin​ (S. of Willow Rd.)
  6. Skokie Lagoons (N. of Willow Rd.)
  7. Glenview Woods (N. of Old Orchard Rd.)
  8. Harms Woods (Old Orchard Rd.)
  9. Linne Woods (N. of Dempster Ave.)
10. Miami Woods (S. of Dempster St.)
11. St. Paul Woods (N. of Oakton St.)

North Side of Chicago

12. Bunker Hill (S. of Touhy Ave.)
13. Matthew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center (S. of Devon Ave.)
14. Lechowicz Woods (N. of Elston Ave.)
15. LaBagh Woods (N. of Foster Ave.)
16. Irene Hernandez Family Picnic Area (N. of Foster Ave.)
17. West River Park (S. of Foster Ave.)
18. Ronan Park (N. of Lawrence Ave.)

Downtown and South Side of Chicago

19. McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum (Wacker Drive)
20. Canal Origins Park (S. of 25th St.)

Southern/Western Cook County

21. Camp Sagawau (N. of Route 83)
22. Cap Sauers Holdings (S. of Route 83)
23. McClaughry Springs Woods (N. of 119th St.)
24. Elizabeth Conkey Woods (N. of 135th St.)
25. Beaubien Woods (S. of 130th St.)

Field Trip Forms

To book a field trip with Friends of the Chicago River, read the information on field trip logistics. You will need to fill out a Field Trip Needs Form and return it to our education staff.

If your group plans on visiting a sites within the Forest Preserves of Cook County (listed above as sites #4-16 and #21-25), please submit a Forest Preserves Education Permit Request Form as well.