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Favorite Outdoors Activities Near Chicago?

Hi all! Having just gotten fully vaccinated and with things starting to open back up, I was wondering if people had any suggestions for fun spots to check out around Chicago? I love biking the lakefront trail, have made the trip to Portage Beach and the Indy Dunes, and have spent plenty of time running around the local parks (Wicker, Oz, Humboldt), but would love to find some spots for hiking, sunrises/sunsets, or picnics within a couple of hours. Thanks in advance! 

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about an hour south you have the kankakee river state park, good for a day trip

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I am interested in attending outdoor activities in the Chicago with groups.  How often are they? Also, I’m 44 years old?  Are there people around my age who attend?  Please e-mail me back and let me know.  Thank you very much and I look forward to hearing back from you.


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