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Gensburg-Markham PrairieMarkham, Illinois

Gensburg-Markham Prairie

Markham, Illinois

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  • Date Posted: Jun 1, 2016
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Conveniently located amidst the urban sprawl is a large, luscious prairie. Just exit the tollway, enter the magical gate, and leave your worries behind.

Gensburg-Markham Prairie is famous for its late July fanfare, when the fields ignite with white sparks of flowering spurge and purple torches of marsh blazing star.

Gensburg-Markham Prairie is famous for its late July fanfare, when the fields ignite with white sparks of flowering spurge and purple torches of marsh blazing star.

Note: There’s a fake lock on gate. Read “Mike’s Thoughts” below.

Features:

  • Large prairie spanning the area of more than one hundred football fields
  • Wetlands
  • Butterflies and birds

Highlights:

  • May: Cream wild indigo and unfurling forests of ferns
  • July: Dramatic pageant of blazing star

Best Times to Visit:

  • May through September for the wildflowers

Mike’s Thoughts: The preserve is hidden in a quiet Markham neighborhood with the I-294 Tollway along its eastern border. The entire site is enclosed within a six-foot chain-link fence. A tall entry gate brandishes a heavy lock and chain, which acts as a decoy since it’s merely draped over the top. Just move the chain and enter. Don’t let the entrance frighten you away. Once inside this beautiful preserve, you’ll instantly forget the distractions outside its borders.

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