Download the free PDF version of the Millennium Reserve and Greater Calumet Guidebook!  
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.  Our 75-page full-color Guidebook (2nd edition) 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, 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. 

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 event calendar highlighting season happenings and attractions such as farmers markets, bike tours, Black History Month Activities, and Pullman's once-a-year historic homes tour.

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 Pullman National Monument and 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 updated 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, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Cook County, and REI Co-op.