Get the Guide and Start ExploringDownload the PDF version (free!) of the Millennium Reserve and Greater Calumet Guide here.    

Nature lovers, urban adventure seekers, beer connoisseurs and music mavens certainly have no shortage of activities to choose from if they live in or near Chicago, or come for a visit.  A new 75-page full-color guidebook directs residents and tourists alike to exciting options they may have overlooked in a region teeming with historic sites, museums, natural beauty, biking and hiking trails, and breweries, restaurants and music venues.

Explore the Millennium Reserve and Greater Calumet: A Natural and Cultural Guide to the Region from Bronzeville to the Indiana Dunes is full of color photos, maps, stories, and descriptions of the diverse recreation, entertainment and educational attractions for all ages in Millennium Reserve and the two-state Calumet region. 

The Guidebook includes:

  • Maps, photos, charts and narrative that describe highlights of four loosely defined geographic sections of the region: Illinois Lakefront, Calumet, Southern Calumet, and Portage and LaPorte Counties in Indiana
  • A natural and cultural history of the region
  • How to access attractions by public transportation

An Events Calendar highlighting seasonal happenings and attractions such as once-a-year historic house tours, farmers markets, Black History Month activities and bike tours.

The Guidebook has helped locals, tourists, student groups, teachers and others plan their south side adventures, school projects and lesson plans.  Many of them pick up a copy while touring one of the area’s attractions and then learn about the multitude of other exciting options they’d been missing.  

“What’s really nice is people come here from the north side and the northern suburbs because they’ve heard of Pullman,” said Michael Shymanski, president of the Historic Pullman Foundation, who has given out hundreds of Guidebooks to individuals and groups who tour the historic neighborhood.  “Then they see the Guidebook and all of a sudden they realize there’s a ton of neat things going on out here.”

An electronic version of the Guidebook can be downloaded here. A limited number of copies are available in printed form at libraries, nature centers and other public places. 

Downloads and printed copies are free.

Bluestem Communications created the Guidebook with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Management Program. Additional support for the project came from ComEd, Adage Technologies and Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau.