Chicago Region Birding Trail

The Chicago Region Birding Trail Guide

Chicago Birding Trail Guide

The Bird Conservation Network and the former Chicago Department of the Environment partnered to create the Chicago Region Birding Trail Guide. This pocket guide covers the seven Illinois counties surrounding Chicago and the two north-west Indiana counties along Lake Michigan.


The guide is available at select tourist brochure racks and birding sites. Please contact the BCN Office for a list of locations.

An online version is available here in PDF format (1.6MB);
print all or only the pages you need.
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This guide offers just the highlights of birding in the Chicago region. For more thorough information about birding in the Chicago area, we recommend you pick up Birder's Guide to the Chicago Region by Lynne Carpenter and Joel Greenberg (Northern Illinois University Press 1999). For information on birding throughout the state, use Birding Illinois by Sheryl DeVore (Falcon Publishing 2000).


Special thanks for financial support goes to:

Chicago Wilderness -  An alliance of more than 170 public and private organizations working together to protect, restore, study and manage the precious natural ecosystems of the Chicago region.

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises - The Chicago-based restaurant company

Illinois Bureau of Tourism

US Fish and Wildlife Service


Working Together for Birds and Habitats

Useful Links

Statewide Sightings:
IBET (IL-Birds)
IL Birders Forum

Local Sightings:
Kane County
Carlyle Lake

Listing / Records:
Listers Corner
IL Records Comm.

Sightings Other States: