I'm excited for this community and the potential to make connections. I am a recent-ish transplant here from Florida, currently missing the sunshine and water based activities. I've been camping for as long as I can remember, picked up a love of hiking somewhere along the way and have now been backcountry hiking/camping for the last 4 years. My best friend and I are currently on a quest to visit every National Park.
@NicoleH hey and welcome! We're so glad you chose to join our community - just a few days ago, we had another new member introduce themselves from Illinois - @Keeys! You might also check out the Chicago board in our community to see who else is chatting over there!
I spent a few years in the Chicago area while finishing grad school - learned to run in really hot and REALLY cold weather!
Welcome, @NicoleH - there's a few of us Illinois types here. I'm in the Western 'burbs myself.
It's a great community
well hello from a little south of Chicago, you should check out one of the newest national parks, Indiana Dunes National Park, about an 1 1/2 hours from Chicago depending what part of Chicago your living at, or you can head south by me and check out Kankakee State Park.
@Keeys I love the dunes, I actually made it out there within the first couple of weeks of it becoming a National park. I'll have to check out Kankakee, I made a lot of weekend road trips this summer to not get cabin fever in my apartment, but that one didn't end up on this list.
@NicoleH If you head down here in warmer weather and you don't mind getting your feet wet, hit me up before you go, and I will tell you how to find this little spot, most people don't know about it.