Lists


I like to make lists and maps. On this page, I keep some of my lists related to the Chicago-area outdoors, as well as some of my observations of Chicago's natural features and wildlife.


Outdoors and Trip-related Stuff

  • Outdoors Chicago: Places to go on a one-day trip within the Chicagoland area, all within 2 hours of downtown via public transit.
  • My Top 10 list: My current ranking of outdoors escapes within the Northern IL area (always subject to change!)
  • Map of Chicago Natural Areas based on a report in 2009 that identified habitats within the city.
  • Our National Treasures: An interactive map of U.S. National Parks, National Monuments, and National Forests

Nature Stuff

Any photos are my own.
  • Wildlife of Lincoln Park: A running inventory of wild creatures that I've personally seen in Lincoln Park. 
  • Birds of Lincoln Park: A running inventory of birds I've seen and identified in Lincoln Park. 
  • Wildflowers of Lincoln Park: A running inventory of wildflowers I've seen and identified in Lincoln Park. 
  • Trails of Lincoln Park: Toward a cartography of the trails of Lincoln Park. 

Essays

  • Here's a list of the essays I've published on this site. I tend to write on outdoors topics as they pertain to city life and why it's important to get outside. 
  • 50 state maps experiment. One day, I decided to write each state's DOT or travel/tourism department and request a paper copy of a state map, as well as any travel materials they may have. Here's the result of the experiment.