John is a software developer, management consultant, and avid outdoorsman. He likes to make the best of the sparse but appreciable outdoor opportunities around the Chicago area, enjoying the moment and taking in the small details whenever possible.

Perkins Woods

Evanston’s Only Forest Preserve While reviewing satellite maps of the Chicago area to find off-the-beaten-path hikes, I noticed a little square patch of forest near an elementary school called Perkins Woods. A square block of… Read More »Perkins Woods

Thatcher Woods

Hiking near the Trailside Museum of Natural History Within the expansive Thatcher woods lies a historic, 1876 mansion. This structure is now known as the Trailside Museum of Natural History. The mansion was periodically used… Read More »Thatcher Woods

Linne Woods

Flooded Out on the North Branch Located in Morton Grove, Linne Woods is a forest preserve on the north side, bordered by Dempster Ave, Lehigh Ave, and Beckwith Road, just west of the Edens. It… Read More »Linne Woods