What does your perfect day look like?
What’s your favorite thing about the outdoors?
What kind of animal would you most like to run into?
What hobby did you pick up during quarantine?
What’s your ideal hiking snack?
What are you most ashamed of from middle school?
Going on a 10-mile run
Scrolling Twitter while sipping from my Yeti wine tumbler
Sitting under a tree with the book I intended to read
Everything! All of it! Put it in my bloodstream!
Bringing snacks?
A thicc bison
One that doesn’t look at me or talk to me
Making elaborate meals fit for a reality TV cooking show
Getting my kids to stop stabbing each other with pencils
Googling “Do birds like sparkling water?” at 3 a.m.
Mixed! Nuts!
Trail mix made entirely out of Skittles
When just the pits on your blue Hypercolor shirt turned pink
Peeing in the public pool, a lot


This west suburban spot is for the refined nature-head. Trees, flowers, miles of trails, and even some giant troll sculptures sprawl across 1,700 acres. $15 (reserve time slot in advance). 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lisle


The former site of an ammunition plant, this 9,000-acre preserve has been restored to a tallgrass prairie, the largest open space in the Chicago area. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of — wait for it — a bison. Free. 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wilmington


As much as you love nature, you need to relax some place where your LTE still works. This 346-acre expanse includes an important sculpture, and also the physically comforting presence of park district buildings. Free. 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Washington Park


Enjoy 894 acres of greenery, trails, and, you know, lagoons. Even if boat and kayak rentals aren’t available, you can still go for a quaint walk alongside the water. Plus, walking means you can’t accidentally capsize. Free. Sunrise to sunset. Winnetka


Part of the North Park Village Nature Center, these 12 wild acres feature a bunch of trails, including a kid-friendly path. Adults get fresh air; kids can take out pent-up energy on trees. It’s a win-win. Free. 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hollywood Park


You’re easily distracted by new things. Enter Palmisano Park. This area on the South Side has gone from a prehistoric coral reef to a quarry to a dump site to a park. A quarry to a park? That’s metal. Here, amid 27 acres spanning wetlands and a fishing pond, you can ponder your own reinvention. Free. 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Bridgeport

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