Schiller Woods

Schiller Woods Pond. Photo by Jeremy Riel.
"Schiller Woods Pond" by Jeremy Riel is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 / Cropped from original.

Located along the Des Plaines River Trail, Schiller Woods is home to a diverse array of natural habitats including wooded areas, remnant prairie, sedge meadow and wetland. With wide-open spaces and a pond, visitors can enjoy easy access to outdoor activities such as picnicking, fishing, kite flying and more.

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Locations & Things to Do

Schiller Woods includes multiple locations:


Schiller Woods-East

Entrance

W Irving Park Rd, west of N Cumberland Ave
Chicago, IL 60634

Things to Do & Amenities

  1. Indoor bathroom open April 1 to October 31 depending on weather conditions.

Picnic Groves

9, 10, 11, 12, 13 (view picnic grove PDF map of Schiller Woods-East)

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Schiller Woods-West

Entrance

W Irving Park Rd, east of Des Plaines River Rd
Schiller Park, IL 60634

Picnic Groves

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (view picnic grove PDF map of Schiller Woods-West)

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Schiller Woods-South

Entrance

W Irving Park Rd, east of Des Plaines River Rd
Schiller Park, IL 60634

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Che Che Pin Qua Woods

Entrance

W Irving Park Ave, west of N Cumberland Ave
Chicago, IL 60634

Things to Do & Amenities

  1. Portable bathroom open May 1 to October 31 depending on weather conditions.

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Schiller Model Airplane Flying Field

Things to Do & Amenities

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Schiller Playfield

Entrance

W Montrose Ave, east of N Cumberland Ave
Chicago, IL 60706

Things to Do & Amenities

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Trails

Des Plaines Trail System

The unpaved Des Plaines Trail follows its namesake river through more than a dozen forest preserves, allowing visitors to enjoy casual strolls, full-day adventures and anything in between.

Location: Chicago, Des Plaines, Glenview, Melrose Park, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, River Forest, Rosemont, Schiller Park & Wheeling

Surface

Paved & Unpaved

Estimated Total Length

28.4 miles

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts

*Please be a courteous trail user: Follow posted signs and our trail rules and etiquette.

Fishing at Schiller Pond

This small, 6-acre pond has a maximum depth of 6.3 feet. Seven bump-outs are located around the pond to improve access to deeper water.


Schiller Woods-East
W Irving Park Rd, west of N Cumberland Ave

two white-tailed deer at Schiller Woods. Photo by Deep Shah.
Two white-tailed deer at Schiller Woods. Photo by Deep Shah.

Nature Notes

Along the forested trails west of the playing fields and south of Irving Park Road, hikers can spot deer families (including bucks with impressive antlers), great horned owls, winter wrens, American tree sparrows, brown creepers, black-capped chickadees and Cooper’s hawks.

Along East River Road, Schiller Woods also contains a pocket of remnant prairie, sedge meadow, and wetland harboring a colorful variety of plants and insects, including some uncommon plant species. The Unpaved Brown Trail on the Des Plaines Trail System accesses this beautiful area and its wildlife. Visitors are welcome, but please don’t pick the wildflowers.


Volunteer Opportunities

Stewards from the Des Plaines River Valley Restoration Project host monthly volunteer workdays here to benefit the plants and animals.