We are 30 minutes into the 3 hour drive from downtown Chicago to Charles Mound and are already close to exhausting our repertoire of driving games. Rick plays a mean game of iSpy and I’m about $700 down already, but I’m hoping to make it up in a game of high stakes License Plate Bingo.
Charles mound is an easy 2.5 mile round trip hike. The challenge here is logistical in nature, as this highpoint is located on a private farm and therefore public access is limited to 4 weekends a year; the first weekend of June, July, August, and September.
The Sears Tower (Now the Willis Tower) in Chicago rises 1,450 feet above ground with a ground elevation of 583 feet. That puts the top of the Sears Tower at an elevation of 2,033 feet above sea level, nearly 800 feet higher than Charles Mound. However, it is obviously not considered to be the state highpoint since it is man made.