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Openlands Lakeshore Preserve Opens with Celebration

To celebrate the opening of the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, a family-friendly nature destination for visitors of all ages, a free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 10. Activities include tours of the newly restored upland trails, a birds of prey demonstration, art activities for kids, a scavenger hunt, kite flying, a stunt-kite demonstration and light refreshments.

The unique preserve comprises more than a mile of undeveloped scenic Lake Michigan shoreline, towering bluff-top trails and original art installations, interpreting aspects of nature on the site's 77 acres. It includes trails through wooded ravines and along bluffs that rise 70 feet over the beach.

Founded in 1963, Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.

Cost: Free. Location: 25 miles north of Chicago, the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve is in the town of Fort Sheridan. From North Sheridan Road, park on either Lyster or Westover roads and proceed east by foot to reach the top of Bartlett Ravine, the main entry to the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve. For more information visit