Arie Crown Forest Preserve

This forest preserve is located in Countryside, Illinois and contains rolling hills, prairie, woodlands and compact Ida Lake. Although a portion of the main trail is contiguous with suburban backyards and another portion is very close to the roaring traffic of the Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55), overall a hike on the trail is a very bucolic experience and early mornings offer some of the best opportunities in the Chicago area for deer viewing.



South LaGrange Road, south of 67th Street in Countryside, Illinois. A detailed map showing parking areas may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

17 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive


There are accessible parking spaces. The main yellow trail is not paved and thus not accessible.

Things To Do

Biking, Birdwatching (hawks, kildeer, vireos, warblers, woodpeckers, wrens), Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking, Running, Watchable Wildlife and Wildflowers

Fun Facts

The preserve is named after Arie Crown, the father of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown who once owned a controlling stake in the General Dynamics aerospace and defense company.

Other Information

A portable bathroom is generally open May 1-October 31.


After a hike head to nearby Balkan Bakery, 541 S LaGrange Road, LaGrange, Illinois for mouthwatering fresh cheese or meat burek. Outdoor tables in season.

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Best Time To Visit

All year

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