March 22, 2020
Harms Woods

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Welcome to orienteering in the age of social distancing!

We have created a set of orienteering courses that you can enjoy at a time of your choosing. We have set up novice, intermediate, and advanced level courses with QR-coded markers placed in the forest preserve. You download and print a map, go the woods, and scan the QR codes with an app on your phone as you run the course.

COST: Free -- This event is being provided by Chicago Area Orienteering Club for free to club members and the public to promote the sport of orienteering and the enjoyment of being outside in nature.

TIME: The courses opened March 22, 2020 and will be available until further notice.


Helpful Hints:

  • Look for the Glenview Woods sign at the entrance -- that's the official desgination of this section of the Harms Woods forest preserve.
  • You might want a ziploc or other waterproof cover for your phone -- it's slippery and muddy out there right now!


1. Get your map: We have designed three courses - novice, intermediate, and advanced. Download and print the map of your choice here. For best results handling the QR codes, print the map at the highest resolution option available with your printer.

2. Install the iOrienteering app on your Android or Apple phone. For more information on iOrienteering, see their website. If you want to upload your results when you are done, you'll need to create an account and register on iOrienteering.

3. Go to the start location marked on your map. Using the iOrienteering app, scan the 'Load Course' QR code printed on the map.

4. When you are ready to start, scan the 'Start' QR code and begin your orienteering. Look for the QR codes along the course (currently in ziplock bags) and scan them in order.

5. When you return to the start/finish area, scan the Finish control on the map.

6. You can upload your results to iOrienteering website when you are done (optional).

7. Please email us at webmaster@chicago-orienteering with your feedback and comments.

Map Information
Harms Woods is the wildest and most northern of our three maps along the North Branch, and is characterized by a large sloping hillside along the west side of the River that is intercut by a dozen or more reentrants, white and light-green woods and only a scant trail system. It is a technically challenging area with many point features such as depressions, rootstocks, and man-made objects.

Take the Eden's Expwy (I-94) 7.5 miles north (west) of the Kennedy (I-90) to Exit 35 (Old Orchard Rd). Take Old Orchard road west to Harms Road. Turn right on Harms Road and continue north to the forest preserve entrance and small parking lot just south of Glenview Road. Look for the Glenview Woods sign at the parking lot entrance.


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