Brookfield is a village of natural and open spaces. Thirteen miles separate village from downtown Chicago, but it feels like a world away when you’re here. With the Cook County Forest Preserve and the village’s parks, Brookfield is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure.
Brookfield has two beautiful parks that serve as gathering places for special events. Home to the village’s summer concert series, Kiwanis Park is also where you’ll find the pristine Oak Savannah, which is particularly stunning in the spring and summer and the perfect place for exploring and hiking.
The serene Oak Savannah at Kiwanis Park
Ehlert Park is the place to go for jogging paths and playgrounds or to join in a pick-up game of basketball. It is also home to Brookfield’s Korean War Memorial—a mounted F-86 airplane, featuring a plaque dedicated to Korean War vets.
The area offers plenty of verdant bike trails
Brookfield also offers extraordinary access to the Cook County Forest Preserves. With paved and unpaved trails, the Salt Creek Trail system offers access to great outdoor recreational opportunities and varied natural habitats. Take the 7.1 mile paved trail at Brookfield Woods, directly across from the Brookfield Zoo, for some of the best running and biking in the Chicagoland area.
For an on the water adventure, the Des Plaines River and the Salt Creek offer great opportunities for canoeing and kayaking. Use the landing at the Brookfield Village Hall to begin your adventure on the Salt Creek. Canoeing or kayaking on the Salt Creek is a fantastic place for seeing the wildlife as you wind your way through Brookfield.
Kayak along the Des Plaines River and Salt Creek
Be sure to check out Brookfield’s Meet the Creek, an annual event in June. This great event will help you become well-acquainted with the creek. There are canoes on hand for those who would like to get on the water, too.
When you’re ready to get away from it all and spend some time in nature, grab your hiking boots, some oars and your camera and meet us in Brookfield.