Looking for a fun family outing that's outdoors, close to home, and doesn't break the bank? Hiking with kids in one of Chicago's forest preserves or parks is a great way to get everyone outside, and there are many shady trails where you can beat the heat while getting some exercise.
We’ve rounded up 14 of our favorite Chicago-area hiking spots, all within an hour's drive of the city, for a perfect family day trip. While some hiking trails may be better suited to bigger kids who can walk a mile or more on their own, plenty of these paths are stroller friendly—in fact, we’ve hiked a few with two preschoolers in a double stroller. Who knows, maybe a local hike will inspire your family to take a trip to a national park this year or next.