Montrose Beach Dunes Chicago Skyline Poster
The Montrose Beach Dunes Natural Area is one of the hidden gems within Downtown Chicago. Located on the eastern end of Montrose Beach in Lincoln Park, this state natural area protects a globally rare panne habitat consisting of a beach, wetland, fore dune, and a bird sanctuary home to 300+ species of migratory birds. This site has had a long history of uses from starting out as a landfill, becoming a secret missile instillation during the Cold War, and finally allowed to be revitalized through grassroots and state funded initiatives. Today, this is one of the best spots in the whole city for bird watching, nature photography, and for anyone looking to escape the confines of the city by taking a stroll along its 2 mile trail system.
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