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Praise for 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago

“Exceptionally user-friendly….Terrifically handy for those who know what they want, but don’t know where to find it…. What makes Villaire’s book so special is that he answers the average person’s questions before they can be asked.”
~Lew Freedman, Chicago Tribune
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“The best remaining prairies, oak woods, and wetlands lie in and around the metroplolis, and Ted Villaire has found them, the wild heart of America’s Heartland! This guide has all you’ll need to get there–it’s full of juicy tidbits and great maps.”
~Debra Shore, Editor, Chicago Wilderness magazine

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago is a marvel of useful information.”
~Sara Burrows, Pioneer Press

“In easy-to-read style, Villaire really talks the walk…. You’ll find yourself reading every word as Villaire grabs your attention before sending you out the door…. ”
~Bob Richards, contributing editor, Silent Sports magazine
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“Finally, there is a complete resource for the hiking enthusiast in Chicago. 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago is a must-have for anyone who enjoys taking a break from the city and exploring all the area has to offer.”
~Dana Carman, Windy City Sports magazine

“Finding a spot for ‘a good stretch of the legs’ is becoming easier, thanks to a new guidebook highlighting a number of area hiking trails in its list of “60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Chicago.”
~Bill Byrns, The Daily Journal

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Articles featuring the book

“Cheri Lewis missed her Adirondacks. After routinely hiking the deep forests, rolling hills and soaring peaks of the northern New York mountain chain, the outdoors lover had one question when she moved to the Chicago area. Could she still find close-to-home treks? After listening to hiking enthusiast Ted Villaire speak recently at the outdoors store REI in Niles, Lewis, 46, had some answers.”
~Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune
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“Villaire spent the better part of two years walking, charting and documenting every last detail of dozens of trails in and around Chicago. His aching feet resulted in the 248-page book titled ’60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago.’”
~Steve Metsch, Daily Southtown
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“Finding hills [in the Chicago area] is, admittedly, a challenge. But you can get help in the book “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles, Chicago.” In it, author Ted Villaire thoughtfully includes elevation profiles, graphs showing the ups and downs of each trail.”
~Barbara Brotman, Chicago Tribune
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“The northern two-thirds of Illinois is, or once was, a prairie, so a canyon hike near Chicago is a great find. Hiker and guidebook author Ted Villaire recommends the Dells Area of Matthiessen State Park, where you’ll walk in the deep shadow of 100-foot-high sandstone walls. ‘I love the prairie’s open spaces, but it’s a thrill to explore these rare, damp shady corners,’ he says.”
Sierra, the national magazine for the Sierra Club
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