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Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve

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Sheridan and Elm Roads
Ft. Sheridan, IL


Phone: 847.367.6640

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NOTE: Due to ongoing restoration as part of the Great Lakes Fish and Ecosystem Restoration program, this location will be experiencing closures to sections or possibly to the entire preserve. Please check for closure updates at www.lcfpd.org/fort-sheridan before your visit. Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve is a scenic destination along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Enjoy hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, fishing, bird watching, picnicking and relaxing. Trails connect visitors to educational exhibits along the Fort's historic parade ground and to other walk-through exhibits and viewing stations along the route. Rolling terrain, bluffs, ravines and mature trees make it a hiker's paradise. Trails wind through the preserve to Lake Michigan's sandy shores, providing the first official public access to this section of shoreline since the Fort's military operations began in 1887. Ft. Sheridan's history is closely tied to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan was put in charge of settling the unrest after the fire. Members of the Commercial Club which represented Chicago businessmen petitioned to establish an artillery school and military installation north of Chicago for their safety.

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