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Cub Scout Urban Hike in Chicago

Updated on April 19, 2018

Cub Scouts hike into the urban jungle of Chicago

Our den took our first urban hike into the city of Chicago in September 2009. Public transportation makes this a very affordable hike at less than $10 for both the scout and adult companion.

Round trip from Union Station was about 5 miles. The last part of the ride was a water taxi, which the cub scouts loved. I highly recommend this for dens. Hiking with a large pack would be problematic as there are a lot of streets to cross.

Rules for an Urban Cub Scout hike

Some rules for an Urban Hike

We follow most of the same rules as we do when we are out hiking forest preserves. There are a two additional rules we setup in downtown Chicago. First, we had a parent lead, as there are many ways to go, this seemed to be the safest. And second, this seems obvious but needs to be stated, everyone crosses streets together.

Taking the Train - The Metra $5 Weekend Passes are Awesome!

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Is it the Sears Tower or the Willis Tower?

Is it the Sears Tower or the Willis Tower?
Is it the Sears Tower or the Willis Tower?

In front of the Abraham Lincoln Statue near Buckingham Fountain

In front of the Abraham Lincoln Statue near Buckingham Fountain
In front of the Abraham Lincoln Statue near Buckingham Fountain

Cub Scouts in front of Buckingham Fountain - a bright clear Chicago morning

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Now there's some great looking Lions

Now there's some great looking Lions
Now there's some great looking Lions

Sitting in Art at the Art Institute

Sitting in Art at the Art Institute
Sitting in Art at the Art Institute

Cub Scouts at Millenium Park - Pictures from Cloudgate otherwise knows as "The Bean"

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Some more pictures from out Urban Hike

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Where's some other places to go that are walking distance from Union Station?

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      There are a few good places just south of Grant park: Shedd acquarium, Natural History museum, Mieggs Field (airport on the Lake), Soldiers Field, and the marina along the Lake. You could also sign up for several, different escorted walking tours of the downtown area. Invite other cub scouts from the city to join you on a Walk and have them set the itinerary.

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