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The Great Chicago Thru-Hike

Source: Chicago Outerbelt Alliance

Beginning and ending in Grant Park, the Outerbelt extends as far south as Tinley Park and as far north as Libertyville, connecting many of the county forest preserves that surround the city. The length of each day’s hike on this suggested itinerary ranges from five to 15 miles. More ambitious hikers can tackle the loop in less time. Others can choose to complete it over the course of many months, or just hike a portion of it on a day trip. For a detailed, interactive map of the route and other suggested attractions and campsites, visit www.outerbelt.org.

Day 1

Buckingham Fountain → Steelworkers Park
Miles 12
Check out Steelworkers Park Climbing Wall (a 30-foot climbing and bouldering wall on a remnant of a massive former steel mill)

Day 2

Steelworkers Park → Camp Shabbona Woods,
Miles 15

Day 3

Camp Shabbona Woods → Sweet Woods in Glenwood
Miles 11

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