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Cross Country Skiing Near Chicago

January 11, 2009

Lisa and I went cross country skiing today.  Very fun.  We drove only about thirty minutes south of Chicago down I-55 to a forest preserve called Arie Crown – was beautiful and about the right length, took us about 45 minutes to do the yellow loop.  We got a great workout, Lisa a big ball of sweat at the end.  We found it on the Internet.  Rented Gear at a great place called Viking Ski Shop at 3422 West Fullerton in Logan Square.  Got great stuff for only $30 a person.  The snow was terrific.   Halfway through I saw a herd of six full-grown deer bounding through the forest, beautiful sight.  

Deer in the winter (I didn't take this pic)

Deer in the winter (I didn't take this pic)

At the end we found a small lake with a handful of ice huts with people ice-fishing – we skiied out onto the lake, fun stuff.  Highly recommended.  There are lots of other forest preserves – there may be better, Arie Crown did have a section along a busy road and a bit amongst some homes and apartment complexes.

Arie Crown Forest Preserve Trail Map

Arie Crown Forest Preserve Trail Map

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