BYO Picnic Dinner & Chimney Swift Spectacle

August 22, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunset Woods Park
1801 Sunset Rd
Highland Park, IL 60035
Rena Cohen
BYO Picnic Dinner & Chimney Swift Spectacle @ Sunset Woods Park | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

If you’ve never seen Chimney Swifts funnel into a chimney at dusk to roost for the night, you’re in for a treat. Join us for a BYO picnic dinner and quick overview of Chimney Swift habits and conservation status at Sunset Woods Park in Highland Park at 6 pm – then drive five minutes to Highland Park City Hall to watch the spectacle in the City Hall chimney. Sunset is at 7:43 pm and we should be in place by about 7:30 to see the first birds dive-bomb the chimney, so you’ll have plenty of time to eat, socialize and even stop for a Dairy Queen or gelato on the way to City Hall.

We’ve booked the largest shelter so there’s plenty of room to spread out. And not to worry – there’s no Ravinia concert on August 22 so we won’t run into Ravinia traffic.  Don’t forget your binoculars!

Video of Chimney Swifts entering chimney in Highland Park


Highland Park City Hall (Chimney Swift chimney location)
1707 St Johns Avenue (Map)
Park in city hall parking lot on Hazel (south of city hall)