The 1,366-acre Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville is one of the District's most popular forest preserves and has been repeatedly voted among the best in the western suburbs. It offers fishing, camping, archery, picnic shelters, an off-leash dog area and more.
Visitors Center. The historic Cantigny Visitors Center is the best place to start your visit. Begin Your Visit Here. The Center itself is historic: Built by Colonel Robert R. McCormick as one of his horse stables, the Visitors Center served as the First Division Museum from the early 1960’s until the new museum opened in 1993.
With local, regional and national favorites shop and restaurants – such as Apple, Sephora, Anthropologie plus local favorites like Naper Nuts & Sweets, Anderson’s Bookshop and more, Downtown Naperville is like no other. With top-notch shopping and dining, Downtown Naperville is the premier and preferred shopping destination in Chicagoland.
Greene Valley. The 1,388-acre Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville is home to more than 540 native plant species, making it one of the county's most botanically diverse sites. On weekends May through October, its 190-foot-tall scenic overlook provides a bird's-eye view of the landscape and the Chicago skyline.
Greene Valley The 1,388-acre Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville is home to more than 540 native plant species, making it one of the county's most botanically diverse sites. On weekends May through October, its 190-foot-tall scenic overlook provides a bird's-eye view of the landscape and the Chicago skyline.
Herrick Lake. The 887-acre Herrick Lake Forest Preserve is one of the District’s most popular preserves. Natural Scene. Herrick Lake is home to an impressive variety of wildlife. Ecologists have recorded more than 254 types of year-round and migrating wildlife among the preserve’s 470 different types of plants.
Hidden Oaks Conservation area ensures that visitors of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to connect with nature. Through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, Hidden Oaks Nature Center inspires curiosity and exploration of the natural world in guests of all ages. Whether hitting the trails, registering for innovative nature programs, coming out for a special event or joining our summer/winter camps, there's something for everyone at Hidden Oaks.
The Lincoln Marsh Natural Area is an invaluable resource for enhancing the appreciation of and involvement in the natural world. Highly regarded for its recreational and educational opportunities for people of all ages, Lincoln Marsh offers one hundred and fifty acres of respite from the hustle and bustle of traffic and commerce.
McDowell Grove Forest Preserve in Naperville has trails, picnic shelters, and fishing on the West Branch DuPage River or Mud Lake. McDowell Grove Forest Preserve in Naperville has trails, picnic shelters, and fishing on the West Branch DuPage River or Mud Lake.
Friday, June 29: The Visitor Center and Carillon will close at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2: The Visitor Center and Carillon are closed. Dates and hours of operation are subject to change due to weather and other factors beyond our control.
Joy Morton, founder of the Morton Salt Company in Chicago, had a long-standing love for trees. This passion grew from his father, Jay Sterling Morton, who founded Arbor Day in 1872. As Joy got older, he wanted to make his own environmental mark on the world. He had a vision in 1922 to take a piece of land in DuPage County and make an arboretum.
Above / The Old Nichols Library, built in 1898, is located at 110 S. Washington Street, just steps from Central Park. Original Post, June 4, 2017 / Oh! The stories that live within the walls of Naperville’s old buildings as they’ve stood to witness the growth and development of this community from its early beginnings along the DuPage River.
FREE admission – $1 per person suggested donation for groups of 5 or more. (Groups must e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org of call 630-897-1808 to register prior to their visit to Red Oak Nature Center) Open year-round. Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday/Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trails open until sunset.
The Robert R. McCormick Museum will be the recognized authority on the life of Robert R. McCormick and his impact on politics, media, First Amendment issues, industry, philanthropy and patriotism. The museum will also be a distinctive leader in museum practice within the Historic House Museum community.
Sportsman’s Park, a 27-acre property given to the City of Naperville in the Caroline Martin-Mitchell bequest, is a unique community amenity, including a trapshooting facility that is open two days per week and valuable green space for the public to enjoy just minutes from downtown Naperville.
St. James Farm Forest Preserve. The 595-acre St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville contains more than 100 acres of woodlands, prairies and wetlands. Natural Scene. The preserve is home to more than 300 native plant species and wildlife, including great blue herons, red-bellied woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatches, coyotes, fox squirrels and white-tailed deer.
Whalon Lake protects a diversity of habitats, including prairie, wetland, an 80-acre lake and a portion of the DuPage River. Wildlife found at the preserve includes a variety of waterfowl, such as ducks. The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including red mulberry and wild leek.
The park has reservable picnic areas and shelters with Great Parks Catering available. Winton Woods also offers an 18-hole disc golf course, 2.6-miles of paved trails, a 1.1-mile Parcours fitness trail, 0.7-mile Great Oaks and 1.1-mile Kingfisher nature trails, basketball courts and an equestrian trail. Possum Run Youth Camp is reservable.