Walking for Wellness

The Chicago Botanic Garden and NorthShore University HealthSystem have created seasonal walking maps that feature paths that will allow you to enjoy the unique beauty of the Garden in each season, while you experience the health benefits provided by walking.  The map includes distances to track your mileage accurately so that you can choose the path best suited to your fitness needs. As Wellness partners, the Garden and NorthShore advocate for the benefits of walking for fitness and for the mental benefits of engaging with nature. Enjoy the beauty of the Garden while getting fit!

Summer Walks for Wellness

The seasonal walking maps are available for free at the Visitor Center.
Download a free walking map

Fitness Walk
2.3 miles
Take the longest walk which leads you around the perimeter of the whole Garden, including the Plant Science Center and vistas of the Japanese Garden.
 
Bridges to Wellness
2 miles
Explore the Garden by walking over three bridges including a shady hike through McDonald Woods.
 
Zen Walk
1 mile
Contemplate the beauty of the Japanese Garden and waterfall.
 
Prairie Views
1.9 miles
Experience both the beauty and expanse of Evening Island and the sun-filled Prairie.
 
Heart Healthy Hike
1.2 miles
Time for just a short walk? This brisk walk provides a tour around the North Lake with a short stop at the Cove.

All walks start at the Visitor Center

Check out more of the Garden's Wellness and Fitness programs.

Wellness programming is generously supported by NorthShore University HealthSystem.