Birding Hotspots Near Chicago, Illinois, United States

These are the active birding hotspots in the last 30 days. Below, you can adjust the active range of dates or finding birding areas near other cities around the world.

129th Street Marsh, West of Toll Road
50-Acre Park
Adler Memorial Park, Libertyville
Air Station Prairie, Glenview
Almond Marsh Forest Preserve
American Way Marsh (Lake Co.)
Armstrong Park
Arrowhead Lake Forest Preserve
Austin Gardens Park
Axehead Lake Forest Preserve
Baker's Lake
Bakers Lake--Ron Beese Park
Bakers Lake--Younghusband Prairie
Bartel Grassland
Beaubien Woods Forest Preserve, Chicago
Beck Lake Forest Preserve
Belleau Woods Forest Preserve
Belmont Harbor, Chicago
Bemis Woods Forest Preserve--North
Bemis Woods Forest Preserve--South
Bennett Park, Geneva
Bensenville Ditch
Bergman Slough Forest Preserve
Big Bend Lake Forest Preserve
Big Woods Forest Preserve
Black Partridge Forest Preserve
Blackwell Forest Preserve--Cenacle Trail area
Blackwell Forest Preserve--McKee Marsh
Blackwell Forest Preserve--Nursery and Dog Park area
Blackwell Forest Preserve--Silver Lake area
Blue Star Memorial Woods
Bluff Spring Fen
Bobolink Family Picnic Area
Brezina Woods Forest Preserve
Brookfield Zoo
Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve
Buffalo Woods
Burnham Park--31st St. Beach
Burnham Park South--47th to 56th Streets
Burnham Park--Burnham Nature Sanctuary
Burnham Park--McCormick Nature Area
Burnham Park--Oakwood Beach to Morgan Shoal
Burnham Park--Promontory Point
Burnham Prairie Nature Preserve
Burnham Wildlife Corridor--39th St. to 31st St.
Busse Woods (Ned Brown Forest Preserve)
Busse Woods--South Pool
Busse Woods--north
Butler Lake, Libertyville
Butterfield Park
Calumet Park, Chicago
Calumet Tern Site (IDNR) (view from Seidner Dune and Swale)
Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, Chicago (RESTRICTED)
Calvary Cemetery, Evanston
Camp Pine Woods Forest Preserve
Camp Sagawau
Campground Road Woods
Canal Origins Park, Chicago
Canal Shores Golf Course
Cantigny Park
Cap Sauers Holdings Forest Preserve
Carlson Oxbow Nature Park
Catalina Grove
Centennial Park, Munster
Centennial Park, Orland Park
Centennial Trail--Schneider's Passage
Centennial Trail--West of Route 83 (DuPage Co.)
Center Point Preserve
Central Park (Lake Co.)
Century Park, Vernon Hills
Che-Che-Pin-Qua Forest Preserve
Chevalier Woods Forest Preserve
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Chicago Center For Green Technology
Chicago Lakefront 18th Street - Promotory Point
Chicago Portage Woods
Chicago River Walk, Chicago
Chicago River--Diversey Turning Basin
Chicago River--North Ave. Turning Basin
Chicago Women's Park and Gardens
Chippewa Woods Forest Preserve
Churchill Park, Glen Ellyn
Churchill Woods Forest Preserve
Churchill Woods Forest Preserve--North/Prairie
Clark Square Park
Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary, Evanston
Clayton Smith Preserves (Bunker Hill/Yates Flatwoods/Caldwell Woods)
Columbia Woods Forest Preserve
Columbus Park, Chicago
Community Park
Country Lane Woods
Crabtree Nature Center
Cranberry Slough, Palos Area
Crawdad Slough, Palos Area
Cricket Creek Forest Preserve
Crow Island Woods
Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve
Dam No. 2 Woods
Dam No. 4 Woods
Danada Forest Preserve--East/Rice Lake
Danada Forest Preserve--West
Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve
Dean Nature Sanctuary
Deer Grove Forest Preserve
Deer Grove Forest Preserve--East
Deer Grove Forest Preserve--West
Deer Park Mall Ponds
Diamond Lake
Douglas Park, Chicago
DuPage River Confluence Preserve
DuPage River Greenway
DuPage River Greenway
DuPage River Park
DuPage Technology Park
Dunham Forest Preserve
East Branch Forest Preserve
Edgebrook Golf Course, Chicago
Eggers Grove Forest Preserve (Chicago)
Elsen's Hill, West DuPage Woods Forest Preserve
Eugene Field Park
Evanston Lakefront Parks & Beaches
Fabyan Marsh (restricted access)
Fischer Woods Forest Preserve
Florence Stout Park
Forest Glen Woods Forest Preserve
Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve--Hawkwatch
Four Lakes
Fox Hollow Subdivision Park and Pond
Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve
Garfield Park, Chicago
Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
Gillson Park, Wilmette
Gompers Park, Chicago
Graceland Cemetery, Chicago
Grady Bird Sanctuary/Ladd Arboretum, Evanston
Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Woods
Grant Park, Chicago
Grant Park, Chicago--Millenium Park
Grant Park, Chicago--Museum Campus
Grant Park--Maggie Daley Park
Greenbelt Forest Preserve
Greene Valley Forest Preserve
Greene Valley Forest Preserve--83rd St. Fluddle
Greene Valley Forest Preserve--Scenic Overlook (limited access)
Grigsby Prairie
Half Day Forest Preserve
Hammond Marina
Harbert Park, Evanston
Harms Woods/Glenview Woods Forest Preserve
Harper College
Hawthorne Hill Park
Heller Nature Center, Highland Park
Helm Woods Forest Preserve
Helmick Nature Preserve / Butterfield Creek Wetlands
Heritage Oaks Park
Heritage Park, Munster
Heritage Park, Wheeling
Heron Creek Forest Preserve
Herrick Lake Forest Preserve
Hickory Creek Forest Preserve
Hidden Lake Forest Preserve
Hidden Lakes Trout Farm, Bolingbrook
Highland Rookery (Cline Ave. Marsh)
Horner Park, Chicago
Humboldt Park, Chicago
IIT Campus
Illinois Prairie Path--Elmhurst
Independence Grove Forest Preserve
Independence Park
Indian Boundary Park
Indian Road Woods
Iroquois Woods
Island Prairie Park
Isle a la Cache Forest Preserve
Izaak Walton Preserve, Homewood
Jackson Park, Chicago
Jackson Park, Chicago--63rd St. Beach
Jackson Park, Chicago--Inner/Outer Harbors
Jackson Park, Chicago--Jackson Park Golf Course
Jackson Park, Chicago--North Lakefront (56th St. to 62nd St.)
Jackson Park, Chicago--Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area
James "Pate" Philip State Park
James Park/Mt Trashmore, Evanston
Joes Pond
Johns Manville Ponds (restricted access)
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve
Jurgensen Woods
Keepataw Forest Preserve
Kenyon Farm Forest Preserve
Kickapoo Woods
Killdeer (Tinley Creek) Wetlands
Knoch Knolls Park, Naperville
Kosciuszko Park
LaBagh Woods Forest Preserve
Lake Arlington Park, Arlington Heights
Lake Calumet area (PLEASE use sub locations if possible)
Lake Calumet area--Big Marsh/Park #564
Lake Calumet area--Hegewisch Marsh
Lake Calumet area--Indian Ridge Marshes north & south of 122nd
Lake Calumet area--Lake Calumet/Harborside Golf Course
Lake Calumet area--O'Brien Lock & Dam / CID Landfills
Lake Carina
Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn
Lake Forest Beach
Lake George, Hammond
Lake Glenview, Glenview
Lake Katherine Nature Center
Lake Opeka, Des Plaines
Lake Shore Park, Chicago
Lakefront Park and Sanctuary, Hammond
Lakefront Trail, Chicago
Lambert Lake Nature Preserve
Lee St. Beach
Legion Park
Lemont Quarries (Cook Co.)
Lighthouse Beach, Evanston
Lincoln Marsh Natural Area, Wheaton
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
Lincoln Park, Chicago
Lincoln Park, Chicago--Caldwell Lilypool
Lincoln Park, Chicago--Diversey Harbor
Lincoln Park, Chicago--Foster Ave. Beach area
Lincoln Park, Chicago--Jarvis Bird Sanctuary
Lincoln Park, Chicago--Margate Park
Lincoln Park, Chicago--Marovitz Golf Course
Lincoln Park, Chicago--North Ave Beach
Lincoln Park, Chicago--North Pond
Lincoln Park, Chicago--South Lagoon
Lincoln Park, Chicago--South Pond
Linne Woods Forest Preserve
Lisle Community Park
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
Living Water Pond
Longview Meadow, Long Grove
Loyola Park, Chicago
Loyola University area, Chicago
Lyman Woods Forest Preserve
Mallard Lake Forest Preserve
Maple Grove Forest Preserve
Maple Lake, Palos area
Marian Byrnes Park (Van Vlissingen Prairie)
Mary Richardson Jones Park, Chicago
Mayfair Park
Mayslake Forest Preserve
McClaughrey Spring Woods
McDowell Grove Forest Preserve
McGinnis Slough Forest Preserve
McGinnis Slough--East/La Grange Rd
McKee Marsh--West of Route 59
McKinley Park, Chicago
Meachem Grove Forest Preserve
Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie
Miami Woods Forest Preserve
Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve
Midlothian Meadows Forest Preserve
Midlothian Resevoir
Millennium Park--Lurie Garden
Miller Gardens and Pond
Miller Meadows Forest Preserve
Monroe Harbor, Chicago
Montrose Dunes, Lincoln Park, Chicago
Montrose Harbor, Chicago
Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago
Montrose Point--Golf Course Pond area
Morton Arboretum
Morton Arboretum--East Side
Morton Arboretum--West Side
Mount Carmel Cemetery
Mount Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst
National Grove Woods/McCormick Woods
Nichols Park
Normantown Wetlands
North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago
North Shore Channel
North Shore Channel Trail at Lincoln Ave, Chicago
North Shore Channel--Devon to Touhy
Northerly Island, Chicago
Northerly Island, Chicago--12th Street Beach
Northside Park, Wheaton
Northwestern University (Main Campus and Lakefill)
Northwestern Woods Forest Preserve
O'Hara Woods Nature Preserve
O'Hare International Airport
Oak Forest Heritage Preserve
Oak Openings Nature Preserve
Oak Spring Canoe Launch, Libertyville
Oakridge - Glen Oak Cemeteries
Old School Forest Preserve
Oldfield Oaks Forest Preserve
Olive Park, Chicago
Openlands Lakeshore Preserve
Openlands Lakeshore Preserve--Bartlett Ravine
Oriole Grove Forest Preserve
Orland Grassland
Orland Grassland--South
Ottawa Trail Woods Forest Preserve
Ottawa Trail Woods Forest Preserve--Stony Ford
Oz Park, Chicago
Palmisano Park, Chicago
Palos Park Woods Forest Preserve
Park Avenue Park, Highland Park
Park No. 566
Paul Douglas Forest Preserve (Grassy Ridge Meadow)
Paulus Park, Lake Zurich
Peacock Marsh, Bolingbrook
Pella Corporation Lake, West Chicago
Perkins Woods, Evanston
Peterson Park
Peterson Road Fluddle
Pillsbury Ponds, Geneva
Ping Tom Memorial Park
Pioneer Park, Naperville
Poplar Creek Forest Preserve--Southwest Equestrian Area
Poplar Creek Prairie/Carl R. Hansen (Shoe Factory) Woods
Potawatomi Woods Forest Preserve (Cook Co.)
Powderhorn Lake/Burnham Woods Golf Course, Chicago/Burnham
Prairie Wolf Slough Forest Preserve
Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve
Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve--Harrier Lake area
Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve--Yellow Barn area
Pullman State/National Historic Site (restricted access)
Purdue University Northwest--Hammond
Queen of Heaven Cemetery
Rainbow Beach, Chicago
Ray Lake Forest Preserve
Red Gate Woods Forest Preserve
Reed-Turner Woodland (Lake Co.)
Richard Clark Park, Chicago
Richard J. Daley Boat Launch
Ridgewood Memorial Cemetery
Riis Park, Chicago
River Park, Chicago
River Trail Nature Center
Riverbank Neighbors Park
Riverdale Quarry, Riverdale
Riverside Lawn River Trail
Riverwalk, Naperville
Robinson Woods Forest Preserve--South
Rodeo Drive Lake
Rogers Park
Roman Pucinski Preserve
Ronan Park, Chicago
Roosevelt Park
Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago
Rosewood Park Beach, Highland Park
Ryerson Conservation Area
Sag Quarries
Saganashkee Slough
Saganashkee Slough--West
Salt Creek Marsh Forest Preserve--West
Salt Creek Park Forest Preserve
Salt Creek Woods Nature Preserve
Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sanitary Canal
Santa Fe Prairie Nature Preserve
Schiller Woods Forest Preserve
Seager Park
Senior Citizens Memorial Playlot Park
Senn Park / Nicholas Senn High School
Shedd Aquarium Gardens
Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve
Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Forestway Dr.
Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--South of Willow Rd.
Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve--Willow Rd.
Skokie River Preserve, Lake Forest
Smith Park
Somme Prairie Grove, Northbrook
Somme Prairie Nature Preserve
Somme Woods Forest Preserve (Cook Co.)
Songbird Slough Forest Preserve
South Blvd Beach/Garden Park, Evanston
South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago
Spears Woods Forest Preserve
Spring Creek Forest Preserve--Beverly Lake
Spring Creek Forest Preserve--Penny Rd Pond
Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary, Schaumburg
Springbrook Nature Center, Itasca
Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve
St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles
St. Boniface Cemetery, Chicago
St. James Farm Forest Preserve
St. Paul Woods
State Line Flats
Steelworkers Park (#523, including IL portion of breakwater and Lake Michigan)
Sullivan Woods Preserve
Sunrise Park
Sutker Grove / Harms Flatwoods
Swallow Cliff Woods Forest Preserve
Tampier Lake, Palos area
Taylor Park, Oak Park
Teasons Woods Forest Preserve
Techny Basin Conservation Area, Glenview
Techny Basin--north of Willow Rd.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve
Terrace View Park
Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve
The Grove, Glenview
Timber Ridge Forest Preserve--West
Tower Road Park, Winnetka
Town of Maine Cemetery, Park Ridge
Trump Plaza
Turnbull Woods
Turtlehead Lake Forest Preserve
Twin Lakes, Smith and Main Parks
University of Chicago
University of Chicago Quad
University of Illinois at Chicago Campus
Wampum Lake Woods Forest Preserve
Warren Park, Chicago
Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve
Washington Park, Chicago
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve--Poverty Prairie
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve--Sawmill Creek Area
Watersmeet Woods
Waukegan Beach
Waukegan Harbor
Wayside Woods
Welles Park
West Branch DuPage River, Warrenville
West Branch Forest Preserve
West Chicago Prairie Forest Preserve
West Ridge Natural Area
Whalon Lake Forest Preserve
Whalon Lake Forest Preserve--Wetland
Whihala Beach Co. Park
Whistler Woods Forest Preserve
White Eagle Woods Forest Preserve
Whiting Park
Willow Springs Woods
Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve
Winnemac Park
Wolf Lake (Lake Co.)
Wolf Lake--Forsythe Park
Wolf Lake/Powers State Recreation Area, Chicago
Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve, Westchester
Wolf Road Woods, Palos area
Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve
Wood Dale Reservoir
York Woods Forest Preserve
Zander Woods Forest Preserve--Sweet Woods
Zoo Woods Forest Preserve