My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago

Public Speaking Programs on Chicago's Natural Wonders

This is the performance upon which Mike’s book is based. It’s about beauty, passion, and inspiration. It is a celebration of the sublime and mysterious wonders that exist right next door in the paradise known as Chicago Wilderness—comprising more natural area than thirty-five national parks and more native plant species than any national park.

In this breathtaking performance, professional nature photographer Mike MacDonald takes you on a virtual journey, through the seasons, into the natural splendor of the Chicago region.

Countless wildflowers float above the prairie like musical notes in a symphony of color and texture. A black-crowned night heron, with eyes of red, hunts among the reeds. Melted pools of orange water on a frozen slough reflect a wintry sunset, as a lone coyote plots his course across the purple ice.

The performance includes startling images from many of Chicago’s finest nature preserves combined with delightful storytelling and readings from Mike’s photo-literary coffee-table photography book of the same name.

The show celebrates grand landscapes and natural wonders from the area’s finest nature preserves, ranging from Westchester’s Wolf Road Prairie to Zion’s Illinois Beach State Park, Lockport’s Messenger Woods to Elgin’s Bluff Spring Fen. Audience members will find themselves awestruck and stunned, not just by the splendor, but by the surprising vastness of Chicagoland’s natural vistas.

Mike has been performing professional comedy and improvisation for over thirty years, so don’t expect him to stand behind a podium reading from a script or speaking in a soothing English accent, like a narrator from a PBS nature special. Inspirational, hilarious, and often moving, Mike speaks passionately about several of the area’s finest preserves, while expressing his enthusiasm for Chicago’s many natural wonders, like a flower that melts and a spear-like grass seed that drills itself into the soil. And if that’s not enough, Mike will read his poetry and excerpts from the book and provide engaging accounts of his time in the wilds of Chicago.

“My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago” will easily appeal to nature lovers, photographers, and anyone who appreciates art and beauty. If PBS nature programs are your thing, then this performance is definitely for you—well, unless you require an English accent.

There are two show durations: 1 hour and 90 minutes. If time remains, Mike will gladly take questions from the audience.

This nature program is appropriate for audiences of all ages.

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