If you’re looking for the lowdown on where you can stretch your legs and escape the urban grid, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago will help you find your way.
Focusing on urban and rural areas and everything in between, the book features classic hikes at places such as Starved Rock State Park, as well as undiscovered gems like the LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area in northwestern Indiana.
The author, Ted Villaire, also writes a blog, Prairie Fever here, with great insights into hiking, biking camping and kayaking in the Chicago area.
Who is Ted Villaire?
Ted Villaire received a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and received his master’s of arts in writing from DePaul University in Chicago. He is author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago, published in 2005 by Menasha Ridge Press, and is currently working on four more regional outdoor guidebooks that focus on bicycling and camping within the Chicago region and throughout Illinois. A Chicago resident for the past 10 years, Ted has worked for various daily and weekly newspapers, and has had freelance articles appear in The Chicago Tribune and the Des Moines Register. Recently, Ted worked for seven years as a publications editor for a large non-profit organization headquartered in Chicago.
Note: Working Well Resources is not affiliated with Ted Villaire in any manner. We just enjoy his blog and book and want to share them with you!