How to experience nature and history near Chicago’s O’hare Airport

Looking for a hiking, exploring experience near Chicago’s O’hare Airport?  About ten miles from the airport you can find Schaumburg Park  which is an interesting and free nature center that is open to the public.  It is located at 1111 E Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, Illinois which is about ten miles from O’hare Airport.

Chicago-1050451dmvpopWe wander down the path to find a pond with lily pads lounging in the still water.

Chicago-1050453dmvInformation plaques are located throughout the park to educate us.

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Spring Valley Volkening Heritage farm info gives a glimpse into life on a farm in this region of Illinois in the 19th century.  They host living history events from April 1 to October 31.  These events involve a recreation of activities on a 19th century farm. The August calendar of events included laundry, rural cooking, barn chores, German sweets and coffee time, bread making and historic gardening.
Chicago-1050487plhpThis colorful rooster roams the farmyard.

Chicago-1050473plThe chickens are too fast for a 21 month old.

Chicago-1050471plRandy found new friends in the pig yard.  These friendly critters remind him of doing pig chores during his days as a kid growing up on a farm.

Chicago-1050462dmvcrThe sign does not deter Randy as he has determined that these are friendly pigs that enjoy a little scratching and petting.  At least he didn’t feed them.

Chicago-1050498plhpBeautiful flowers line the walking path along the Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary located in the park.

Chicago-1050502pophpcrInsects are buzzing and enjoying the flowers, as well.

Chicago-1050446fp20pop50dmvNicely paved walking paths wind through the nature area and farm and Rachel uses a walking stick just like Grandpa.

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The beauty of taking a walk is the simplicity.  No fancy equipment required since comfortable shoes, curiosity and an appreciation of nature is good enough.