A view of the Chicago skyline from Millennium Park.

Most cities can’t claim to have invented the ferris wheel or to have created Cracker Jacks. But then, most cities aren’t Chicago. The third largest city in the U.S. –and undoubtedly, its windiest–Chicago is the go-to alternative for those searching for greener pastures without having to pack hiking boots or fishing gear.

Chicago has over 75 acres of gardens, with mile after mile of walking and biking trails crisscrossing the city.  Chicago’s Lincoln Park is home to the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Chicago History Museum, as well as a plethora of restaurants and boutiques.  There are also farmers markets throughout the city, where you can pick locally grown items through October.

After a full day of activities, you can rest well knowing your carbon footprint will remain small in one of the city’s 13 Green Seal Certified hotels equipped with energy-efficient rooms.

So, if you’re looking for a green city escape this fall, visit Chicagoland!

Information gathered from www.cityofchicago.org and www.explorechicago.org