Storybook Walks in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Storybook Walks (sometimes called Story Trails) are an interactive way for families to stretch their legs and brains at the same time. As you walk down the path, you’ll also journey through a storybook, one page at a time. With two emerging readers in our home, we’re constantly looking for new ways to practice our literacy skills. A visit to our local Storybook Walk was a simple way for us get some fresh air and read together as a family.

Storybook Walks in Chicago’s Suburbs

Permanent Displays

Circle Park
163 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Set up along the walking path at Circle Park, the Storybook Trail features a new story each season.

Prairie Path Park
Along Prairie Path between Forest Avenue and Park Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

The all-weather StoryWalk signs lead through the garden by the gazebo and feature new stories periodically.

Mayfair Park
16421 Christopher Drive
Lemont, IL 60439

In July 2020, The Lemont Park District and Lemont Public Library installed a StoryBook Walk around Mayfair Park, which was renovated in 2018.

Oak Lawn Public Library StoryWalk
Lake Shore Park
9610 E Shore Drive
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

In addition to the permanent StoryWalk, which is updated year-round, Oak Lawn Public Library will occasionally run special StoryWalk events, too. Check the website for upcoming events.

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Plainfield StoryWalk
Settlers’ Park
24401 Lockport Street
Plainfield, IL 60544

The Plainfield StoryWalk is celebrating its first birthday with a month-long celebration in October. One important note about its location: the address above is for the main parking lot of Settlers’ Park. While it’s not a terribly long walk, if you’re looking to be as close as possible to the StoryWalk, you’re better off parking further south along S. Van Dyke Road.

Prospect Heights StoryWalk
Lions Park
110 W Camp McDonald Road
Prospect Heights, IL 60070

Prospect Heights StoryWalk can be found at Lions Park, on the path behind the Prospect Heights Park District building.

Clauss Recreation Center Storybook Walk
555 W Bryn Mawr Avenue
Roselle, IL 60172

Start at the north end of the path, across from Lake Park High School West Campus. The 20 frames are numbered to make finding the start easier.

Spring Valley Nature Preserve
1111 E Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194

The StoryWalk begins near Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground.

Hickory Knolls Natural Area
3795 Campton Hills Drive
St. Charles, IL 60175

The Hickory Knolls Natural Area has a permanent display for “Hickory Knolls: A History of Our Home”, the story of two animals and their adventures through Hickory Knolls. Families can find more details about the story on their website. The story begins across the road from the Hickory Hideout natural play area, with the story spanning approximately 3/4 of a mile.

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Storybook Walk Events

Park District of Forest Park
7501 Harrison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130

The Park District of Forest Park is hosting a special Halloween-themed Story Walk through October 31, 2020 in front of their administrative building. Check their Facebook page or program guide for more stories to come.

Riverside Public Library
River Path by Swan Pond
Riverside, IL 60546

Riverside Public Library created a Storywalk of Bats at the Library, which runs now through November 2, 2020 along the river path by Swan Pond.

StoryWalk at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion
912 Honorary Sindt Memorial Court
Naperville, IL 60540

Naperville Public Library hosts StoryWalk events at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. A Halloween-themed celebration happened on October 24, 2020. Check their website for more upcoming events.

Did we miss your favorite Story Trail? Email so we can include it in our list!

Looking for more fun outside? Check out the Kidlist outdoor guide for other great ways to spend time outdoors!

About the Author

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of three children, ages 7, 5, and 2. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. Her three kids keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

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