• Rainbow Beach (map)
  • 3111 E 77th St
  • Chicago, IL, 60649
  • United States

Cosponsored by Chicago Ornithological Society, Bird Conservation Network, Sierra Club Chicago Group

Chicago’s south side is home to great birding hotspots and natural areas, but Rainbow Beach is one of the least visited. The early morning walk will show bird and nature watchers the wonderful dunes habitat that has developed at Rainbow Beach.

Rainbow Beach is big with a natural area that often hosts large numbers of birds, especially fall sparrows (think Nelson’s Sparrow). The rest of the park also is heavily used by migrant birds. We’ll also see lots of migrating dragonflies, butterflies and possibly an interesting mammal or two.

We’ll break for coffee and snacks at 9:00 a.m. and join an established group of habitat stewards who need help with seed collection in the dunes and a trash sweep before winter.

Registration not required but recommended. RSVP here.

Leader: Christine Williamson
For more information, please contact Christine at birdchris@aol.com. If you need help on the day of the trip, please call Christine’s cell phone 773/415-5217 (DON'T text).

From downtown Chicago, take Lake Shore Drive south to 79th St. Stay on LSD/Route 41 by following the gentle curve to the left. Turn left on Farragut Ave. Turn into the first public parking lot on the right side of the road and park near the beach.

You must pay to park in this lot. Parking ticket machines take quarters and credit cards. You can also pay online using the ParkMobile app: http://us.parkmobile.com/.

Rainbow Beach, Chicago; https://goo.gl/maps/v62RPH7rXtt