Where to See Waterfalls Near Chicago

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Looking for a fun hike with breathtaking views? Check out these waterfalls in the Chicagoland area! My kids love hikes with a destination. Finding the hidden waterfall and then wading in the creeks below, is right up their alley. These waterfalls are so beautiful and peaceful, but can be a fun place to explore with kids of all ages. Remember to pack sunscreen, water shoes, and a change of clothes for everyone. (Last time my kids and I went, they changed into nice dry clothes, and I went home wet!) Enjoy your hike to the waterfalls of the Chicago suburbs.

Where to Find Waterfalls in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Fullersburg Woods Waterfall, Oak Brook

Fullersburg Woods
3609 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Park in the lot off York Road a little north of Ogden Avenue and walk the paved trail under the bridge and past the giant waterwheel on the Graue Mill Museum. Graue Mill has announced it is opening back up on June 16, 2021.

The Graue Mill dam that creates this waterfall has been approved for removal. The waterfall is still there as of our publication date, though!

Delnor Woods Waterfall, St. Charles

photo courtesy of local mom Lauretta Q.

Delnor Woods Park
517 IL-25
St. Charles, IL 60174

Paved paths meander around the park and it’s fun to ford the creek by this waterfall.

Blackhawk Waterfall, South Elgin

Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve
35W003 Route 31
South Elgin, IL 60177

Known as the hidden waterfall and a little off the path, this natural waterfall cascades into a shallow creek. Click here to read more about where to park depending on how far you want to walk.

Lake Katherine Waterfall, Palos Heights

Lake Katherine Botantic Gardens
7402 Lake Katherine Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463

There is a very small waterfall by the entrance of Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens as you walk in from the parking lot. The grounds are also beautiful for a walk. Click here to get more details about visiting Lake Katherine.

Rocky Glen Waterfall, Darien

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
Cass And Northgate Roads
Darien, IL 60561

Rocky Glen Waterfall is a beautiful spot! Click here to read more about Waterfall Glen and find out the best place to park, as well as how to get to the waterfall.

Phillips Park, Aurora

Phillips Park
1000 Ray Moses Drive
Aurora, IL 60505

There’s a waterfall fountain dedicated to veterans at Phillips Park in Aurora! The park map will help you find the right spot. You’ll also want to be sure to check out the amazing Mastodon Island playground while you’re there.

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