Best nature in Chicago

Check out the top nature in Chicago, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals

1. The Signature Room at the 95th®

1. The Signature Room at the 95th®

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26 local reviews
875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-787-9596
BarRestaurantFood
Beau
Note: The Signature Room (95th floor) is an expensive restaurant and you should have a reservation. The Signat…
Ruben
Upscale dining and a menu of contemporary American cuisine lifted the popularity of the restaurant with Chicag…
Michelle & Marc
The John Hancock Building's Signature Room is a good alternative to the Willis Tower Skydeck. Why pay $20 for …
1. The Signature Room at the 95th®

1. The Signature Room at the 95th®

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26 local reviews
875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-787-9596
Beau
Beau
Note: The Signature Room (95th floor) is an expensive restaurant and you should have a reservation. The Signature Lounge (96th floor) is ope…
Ruben
Ruben
Upscale dining and a menu of contemporary American cuisine lifted the popularity of the restaurant with Chicagoans and visitors alike. In 19…
Michelle & Marc
Michelle & Marc
The John Hancock Building's Signature Room is a good alternative to the Willis Tower Skydeck. Why pay $20 for a view when you can pay $50 fo…
2. Lincoln Park Zoo

2. Lincoln Park Zoo

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116 local reviews
2001 North Clark Street, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-742-2000
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At Home Inn
You must take a stroll through this free zoo and the nature boardwalk to the south. It's a beautiful urban oas…
Christian
The park lies along the lakefront from Ohio Street Beach in the Streeterville neighborhood, northward to Ardm…
Michael
Some may call this artificial nature, and I would agree with them. The fact of the matter is that Chicago has…
2. Lincoln Park Zoo

2. Lincoln Park Zoo

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116 local reviews
2001 North Clark Street, Chicago
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+1 312-742-2000
At Home Inn
At Home Inn
You must take a stroll through this free zoo and the nature boardwalk to the south. It's a beautiful urban oasis!
Christian
Christian
The park lies along the lakefront from Ohio Street Beach in the Streeterville neighborhood, northward to Ardmore Avenue in Edgewater. The s…
Michael
Michael
Some may call this artificial nature, and I would agree with them. The fact of the matter is that Chicago has parks all around the city and…
3. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

3. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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26 local reviews
2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago
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+1 773-755-5100
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Ricky
Nature Museum on the Lakefront *Great for Kids, Multiple Big Indoor Play Spaces *Butterfly sanctuary *9:00AM…
Shaine
The Nature Museum iconic Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, providing more hands-on science instruction than other C…
Michelle & Marc
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a very unique and a wonderful place to spend a couple hours with young childr…
3. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

3. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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26 local reviews
2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago
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+1 773-755-5100
Ricky
Ricky
Nature Museum on the Lakefront *Great for Kids, Multiple Big Indoor Play Spaces *Butterfly sanctuary *9:00AM to 4:30PM Daily *Visit www.na…
Shaine
Shaine
The Nature Museum iconic Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, providing more hands-on science instruction than other Chicago museums. The Academy co…
Michelle & Marc
Michelle & Marc
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a very unique and a wonderful place to spend a couple hours with young children. It offers several differe…
4. Humboldt Park

4. Humboldt Park

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55 local reviews
Humboldt Park, Chicago
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Elizabeth & Mike
Huge park, great for a little nature exploring. Paths along the lagoons with several nooks and crannies.
Joy
Large park with multiple lakes. Nature walks, geese, ducks, fishermen, baseball fields, play grounds, splash p…
Jeff
GIANT park a short walk from my place. Go for a jog, play some tennis, walk around the lagoon, or just enjoy …
4. Humboldt Park

4. Humboldt Park

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55 local reviews
Humboldt Park, Chicago
Elizabeth & Mike
Elizabeth & Mike
Huge park, great for a little nature exploring. Paths along the lagoons with several nooks and crannies.
Joy
Joy
Large park with multiple lakes. Nature walks, geese, ducks, fishermen, baseball fields, play grounds, splash park. Hosts a carnival most big…
Jeff
Jeff
GIANT park a short walk from my place. Go for a jog, play some tennis, walk around the lagoon, or just enjoy nature.
5. Garfield Park Conservatory

5. Garfield Park Conservatory

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39 local reviews
300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago
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(312) 746-5100
ParkEstablishment
Michelle
An urban get away and probably some of the best "nature" in the city. Often referred to as “landscape art unde…
Lilian
Well this is the city so a healthy dose of nature is difficult to find close by but the Garfield Park Conserva…
Julie
Ok we don't have a lot of nature in the city, so we go check out plants indoors. The Conservatory is like 100 …
5. Garfield Park Conservatory

5. Garfield Park Conservatory

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39 local reviews
300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago
Closed now
(312) 746-5100
Michelle
Michelle
An urban get away and probably some of the best "nature" in the city. Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” it’s is one of the l…
Lilian
Lilian
Well this is the city so a healthy dose of nature is difficult to find close by but the Garfield Park Conservatory is a huge indoor botanica…
Julie
Julie
Ok we don't have a lot of nature in the city, so we go check out plants indoors. The Conservatory is like 100 years old. It's totally beauti…
6. The Signature Room at the 95th®

6. The Signature Room at the 95th®

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16 local reviews
875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-787-9596
BarRestaurantFood
Talia
Instead of the Willis Tower Skydeck, consider visiting the Signature Lounge for a cocktail. The cocktails are…
Teo
One of the great secrets, not-so-secret, is that the views from the Signature Lounge are just as good as from …
Margarita & Mike
Thinking of going on top of the Sears? Save yourself the fair and head to the Hancock Tower's Signature Lounge…
6. The Signature Room at the 95th®

6. The Signature Room at the 95th®

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16 local reviews
875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Closed now
+1 312-787-9596
Talia
Talia
Instead of the Willis Tower Skydeck, consider visiting the Signature Lounge for a cocktail. The cocktails are a bit overpriced (around $15)…
Teo
Teo
One of the great secrets, not-so-secret, is that the views from the Signature Lounge are just as good as from the viewing platform of either…
Margarita & Mike
Margarita & Mike
Thinking of going on top of the Sears? Save yourself the fair and head to the Hancock Tower's Signature Lounge instead. Don't pay the fare f…
7. Millennium Park

7. Millennium Park

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112 local reviews
Millennium Park, Chicago
NeighborhoodPolitical
Jas and Tyler
Pleasant area that is nice for a nature stroll in the city.
Laura
This is a very nice park especially if you are a tourist in Chicago. They set up giant Christmas trees and an …
Michelle & Marc
Millennium Park is Chicago's answer to NY's Central Park, Boston Commons, and SF's Golden Gate Park. It's very…
7. Millennium Park

7. Millennium Park

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112 local reviews
Millennium Park, Chicago
Jas and Tyler
Jas and Tyler
Pleasant area that is nice for a nature stroll in the city.
Laura
Laura
This is a very nice park especially if you are a tourist in Chicago. They set up giant Christmas trees and an ice skating rink in winter. Cl…
Michelle & Marc
Michelle & Marc
Millennium Park is Chicago's answer to NY's Central Park, Boston Commons, and SF's Golden Gate Park. It's very walkable, and what I like mos…
8. John Hancock Center

8. John Hancock Center

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48 local reviews
875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
+1 312-751-3680
PremisePoint of interestEstablishment
Erin
A landmark for so many reasons! It is the northern anchor of the magnificent mile and the gateway to the beach…
Alex
Best views of the downtown area. Head up to the observatory for some great views and a lot of information abo…
Laura
The second tallest building with an amazing view up and down the lakefront. Skip the deck view and head to the…
8. John Hancock Center

8. John Hancock Center

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48 local reviews
875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
+1 312-751-3680
Erin
Erin
A landmark for so many reasons! It is the northern anchor of the magnificent mile and the gateway to the beach scene to the north of Lake Sh…
Alex
Alex
Best views of the downtown area. Head up to the observatory for some great views and a lot of information about the building and the area. …
Laura
Laura
The second tallest building with an amazing view up and down the lakefront. Skip the deck view and head to the Signature Lounge instead, whe…
9. Big Shoulders Coffee

9. Big Shoulders Coffee

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16 local reviews
1105 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago
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+1 312-888-3042
CafeFoodStore
Brendan
Low-key cafe serving coffee (roasted on-site), tea & signature marshmallow lattes in a modern space. Big Shou…
Heath
Low-key cafe serving coffee (roasted on-site), tea & signature marshmallow lattes in a modern space.
Matthew
Great coffee. Fantastic staff. Less than a block away. How can you complain?
9. Big Shoulders Coffee

9. Big Shoulders Coffee

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16 local reviews
1105 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago
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+1 312-888-3042
Brendan
Brendan
Low-key cafe serving coffee (roasted on-site), tea & signature marshmallow lattes in a modern space. Big Shoulders Coffee was created speci…
Heath
Heath
Low-key cafe serving coffee (roasted on-site), tea & signature marshmallow lattes in a modern space.
Matthew
Matthew
Great coffee. Fantastic staff. Less than a block away. How can you complain?
10. Winnemac Park

10. Winnemac Park

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15 local reviews
5100 North Leavitt Street, Chicago
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+1 312-742-5101
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Lisa
Huge and absolutely gorgeous park. Check out their playground at the southwest corner of the park. There's a r…
David
A lovely neighborhood park. Fieldhouse: weekdays 1:30PM-9:30PM, Saturdays 9AM-5PM, closed Sundays. It offers b…
Beatrice
Great for jogging and watching neighborhood fireworks on the 4th of July.
10. Winnemac Park

10. Winnemac Park

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15 local reviews
5100 North Leavitt Street, Chicago
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+1 312-742-5101
Lisa
Lisa
Huge and absolutely gorgeous park. Check out their playground at the southwest corner of the park. There's a running track, tennis courts, n…
David
David
A lovely neighborhood park. Fieldhouse: weekdays 1:30PM-9:30PM, Saturdays 9AM-5PM, closed Sundays. It offers baseball fields, prairie garden…
Beatrice
Beatrice
Great for jogging and watching neighborhood fireworks on the 4th of July.
11. Chicago Botanic Garden

11. Chicago Botanic Garden

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20 local reviews
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Closed now
+1 847-835-5440
CafeParkFood
Sharon
384 acres of nature, and I'm a member, open 365 days a year! Take time to smell the roses.....
Jennifer
It's a bit of drive to get to, but completely worth it to see something more "nature-y". Very pretty and they …
Ruth
Japanese Gardens are a MUST SEE!
11. Chicago Botanic Garden

11. Chicago Botanic Garden

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20 local reviews
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Closed now
+1 847-835-5440
Sharon
Sharon
384 acres of nature, and I'm a member, open 365 days a year! Take time to smell the roses.....
Jennifer
Jennifer
It's a bit of drive to get to, but completely worth it to see something more "nature-y". Very pretty and they always have activities going o…
Ruth
Ruth
Japanese Gardens are a MUST SEE!
12. The Morton Arboretum

12. The Morton Arboretum

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9 local reviews
4100 Illinois 53, Lisle
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+1 630-968-0074
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Rodger
This is a gem in the suburbs. Hike, bike or visit the Nature Center. This place can take a full day or more …
Sarah & Nick
Great place for picnics, bike riding, nature walks and more. They also have plenty of events happening most da…
Stephanie
A beautiful outdoor museum of woody plants and an awesome kids garden
12. The Morton Arboretum

12. The Morton Arboretum

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9 local reviews
4100 Illinois 53, Lisle
Closed now
+1 630-968-0074
Rodger
Rodger
This is a gem in the suburbs. Hike, bike or visit the Nature Center. This place can take a full day or more to see it all. It's a ten min…
Sarah & Nick
Sarah & Nick
Great place for picnics, bike riding, nature walks and more. They also have plenty of events happening most days, check them out online!
Stephanie
Stephanie
A beautiful outdoor museum of woody plants and an awesome kids garden