Located about an hour south of downtown Chicago, Goose Lake Prairie is close enough to make a quick day trip to and expansive enough to spend an entire day at. There is a large picnic area with a playground in the park as well, making this a great place for a whole family outing.
I've been to over 15 state parks and forest preserves in the area and this one maybe my favorite. There was so much space to wander and the prairie landscape so impressive, it was simply fantastic. Highly recommended for folks living in the Chicagoland area that are looking for some nature, Goose Lake Prairie is a gem worth exploring!