The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located in the northeastern area of Illinois.
Where is this Forest?


"Caring for the land and serving people…."

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located north of Wilmington, IL and is just one hour from Chicago. Midewin is undergoing a transformation as the U.S. Forest Service and several partners work to restore a native tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Read more about Midewin's history, mission, and shared vision.

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PBS / Travels with Darley - "Illinois: Route 66 & Midewin"

PBS / Travels with Darley - "Illinois: Route 66 & Midewin" will air sometime after April 1! We will keep you posted! PREVIEW: ​

Grazing Prospectus and Bidding Information

The purpose of this prospectus is to provide information to qualified individuals interested in bidding on available cattle grazing allotments administered by the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

There are 11 available cattle grazing allotments for 2017 through 2021.  Bids are due by March 3, 2017.


Live Bison Cam

Close-up of a Bison

While the live Bison webcam will operate 24 hours every day, the grazing pattern of the herd is unpredictable and there are no specific times when the herd will be visible.

Midewin Bison Project

Celebrate Bison on the Prairie

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, National Forest Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and many others partnered to bring the bison back to Midewin.


A Grassroots Effort

Newsman Bill Kurtis commends the power of prairie and mentions Midewin!

Mike Nowak Radio Show

Prairie Supervisor Wade Spang, Dances With Wolves film consultant Duane Lammers, and Wildlife Conservation Society Bison Program Director Keith Aune ta...