The local section is broken down by county, click on the place to go to their web site.
Not all places are forest preserves, the first place will be the county forest preserve.

Local places to photograph

Illinois DNR
Illinois State Parks

In Cook County
        Cook County Forest Preserve
        Chicago Park District
        Black Partridge Wooods, Lemont
        Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield
        Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe
        Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
        Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago
        Little Red School House Nature Center, Willow Springs
        Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
        Sagawau Environment Center, Lemont
        Stillman Nature Center, South Barrington
        Wolf Road Prairie, Westchester

In DuPage County
        DuPage County Forest Preserve
        Ball Seed, West Chicago
        Belmont Prairie, Downers Grove
        Cantigny Park, Wheaton
        Cosley Zoo, Wheaton
        Dean Nature Sanctuary, Oak Brook
        Elsen's Hill (West DuPage Woods), West Chicago
        Hauserman's Orchids, Villa Park
        Kirt Prairie, (COD), Glen Ellyn
        Lyman Woods, Downers Grove
        McKee Marsh, Warrenville
        Morton Arboretum, Lisle
        Springbrook Prairie, Naperville
        St. James Farm, Warrenville
        Waterfall Glen, Darien
        Willowbrook Wildlife Center, Glen Ellyn

In Boone County
        Boone County Forest Preserve

In Dekalb County
        Dekalb County Forest Preserve

In Grundy County
        Grundy County Forest Preserve
        Goose Lake Prairie, Morris

In Kane County
        Kane County Forest Preserve
        Bluff Springs Forest Preserve, Elgin
        LeRoy Oakes Preserve, St. Charles
        Peck Farms, Geneva
        Fermilab Nature/Ecology, Batavia
        Phillips Park Zoo, Aurora
In Kankakee County
        Kankakee County Forest Preserve

In Kendall County
        Kendall County Forest Preserve
        Lyon Forest Preserve, Yorkville

In Lake County County
        Lake County Forest Preserve
        Captain Daniel Wright Woods FP, Mettawa
        Half Day FP, Vernon Hills
        North Point Marina, Winthrop Harbor
        Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods
        Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside

In LaSalle County
        LaSalle County Forest Preserve
        Matthiessen State Park, Utica
        Starved Rock State Park, Utica

In Lee County
        Lee County Forest Preserve

In McHenry County
        McHenry County Forest Preserve

In Ogle County
        Ogle County Forest Preserve
        Jarrett Prairie, Byron Forest Preserve, Byron

In Peoria County
        Peoria County Forest Preserve
        Peoria Park District
        Wildlife Pairie State Park, Peoria

In Will County
        Will County Forest Preserve
        Messinger Woods, Homer Glen
        McKinley Woods Forest Preserve, Channahon
        Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington

In Winnebago County
        Winnebago County Forest Preserve
        Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park
        Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford

Non-Local places to photograph

State parks listed by state
Covered Bridges by State
Lighthouses by State

In Indiana
        Indiana DNR
        Indiana Dunes, Porter
        Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
        Jasper Pulaski, Medaryville
        Potawatomi Zoo, South Bend

In Iowa
        Iowa DNR
        Lock & Dam 14, Le Claire
Zoos of North America
Butterflies of Illinois

In Michigan
        Michigan DNR
        Picture Rock National Park (UP)
        Seney National Wildlife Refuge (UP)
        Tahquamenon Falls State Park (UP)
        Warren Dunes State Park, Sawyer
        Michigan Parks Trail Maps

In Wisconsin
        Wisconsin DNR
        Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison
        Horicon Marsh, Horicon
        Milwaukee Zoo, Milwaukee
        Racine Zoo, Racine