National Natural Landmarks

Markham Prairie

Markham Prairie
Markham Prairie

Markham Prairie is the largest and highest quality prairie in Illinois and in large parts of adjacent states. As a mesic prairie intergrading between sand prairie and typical tall-grass prairie on loamy soil, it is a remnant of a distinct and formerly widespread biotic community type of the Central Lowlands biophysiographic province. The site is also an excellent example of undeveloped lakebed and beach ridge topography.

Location: Cook County, IL ; Cook County, IL

Year designated: 1987

Acres: 191

Ownership: Federal, State, Private

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