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St. James Farm Forest Preserve

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Address: 2S541 Winfield Rd, Warrenville, IL 60555-2316
Phone Number: +1 630-933-7683
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Very well kept

Like another reviewer mentioned, not any staff or activities really. Hope you like reading signs to find out the history and purpose of the buildings, etc. We saw a lot of people... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 October 2016
Sara M
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West Chicago, il
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West Chicago, il
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Like another reviewer mentioned, not any staff or activities really. Hope you like reading signs to find out the history and purpose of the buildings, etc. We saw a lot of people there for photos, families, children, etc. There were also quite a few out for a picnic which would be lovely there, very quiet and pretty. We had a... More 

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Thank Sara M
Wheaton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

As local residents, we visit St. James regularly for biking, walking, cross country skiing, and picnics. It's a lovely forest preserve now featuring a new 1.6 mile long, 10 foot wide limestone trail around the perimeter of the main farm buildings and fields. Older grass paths which were originally designed as horse trails also wind through the property. Some still... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Large, historically-restored stables with no horses, entrances all roped-off from visitors. A large expensive brick parking lot (empty), groomed 1.6 miles white gravel trail (only a single pair of bicyclists). A home on site for security staff. A few mighty fancy sculptures. Not a soul on site to answer questions. No visitors to speak of. Unclear on the purpose of... More 

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Warrenville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Awesome place to bike ride / run / walk… Trail to get there linked into Prairie Path, Blackwell Forest Preserve & West Branch of the DuPage river trails.

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Thank Jerry P
Schaumburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Very nice and relaxing place to take the family outdoors. Once you're on the property you forget you're in the Chicago suburbs. We took the covered wagon tour, which costs $5 per person, to learn more about the history of the property and McCormick family. We will definitely come back again.

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Thank Marilou70
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

This preserve is on the former estate of Brook McCormick and is adjacent to his uncle's estate, Cantigny. The natural areas offer nature-lovers (I'm a birder and nature photographer) a variety of opportunities. However, Mr. McCormick was an equestrian, so a number of building and statues of horses are at the preserve. The preserve is well worth a visit.

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Thank John C
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

The story behind St. James Farm makes it a fascinating visit in a beautiful setting. DuPage Forest Preserves are awesome. This was formerly the summer home of Cyrus McCormack's nephew. They bought the place in 1920! It has been beautifully restored and is so worth a trip. Take advantage of your tax dollars! You can also walk the 1.6 mile... More 

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Thank Mar L
Warrenville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

The trails in St. James are excellent! Those that we have walked are either paved or well covered with wood chips. The trail in front of the main buildings winds through both meadow and open oak forest. Then there are several along which are planted trees of a specific variety (a different tree species for each trail). The ground is... More 

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Thank Tanzan13
Winfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

I love biking through this preserve. It is beautifully landscaped and so cool to see the horses. They offer many volunteer opportunities. I also love to bird watch here.

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015

Wow! We took our grandkids ages 6,5 & 1 & 1/2. We could have spent several more hours there. Everyone was friendly and outgoing, helped the kids with crafts and taught them about wildlife including snakes, (held one!) bees, fishing, camping, etc. This was truly amazing; all the volunteers worked hard at making it truly an experience we will do... More 

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