Conveniently located amidst the urban sprawl is a large, luscious prairie. Just exit the tollway, enter the magical gate, and leave your worries behind.
Note: There’s a fake lock and chain on the gate that makes it look like the preserve is closed. It is not! Read “Mike’s Thoughts” below.
- Large prairie spanning the area of more than one hundred football fields
- Butterflies and birds
- 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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