| Story by Meghan McMahon |
Isle a la Cache sits in the heart of busy northern Will County, but it often feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of suburban life. The quietness might even seem like what it might have felt like decades or centuries ago, which is exactly the point.
The Forest Preserve District acquired the land for the 107-acre preserve between 1982 and 2014, and it is an integral part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres in all. The preserve is also home to Isle a la Cache Museum, which focuses on life in the area during the fur-trade era in the 1750s, said facility supervisor Jen Guest.
The river, which cuts along both the east and west sides of the preserves, is what make Isle a la Cache an island, and it’s been the lifeblood of what has happened on the land in the area for centuries.
“It’s always been about the river and what it can provide you,” Guest said. “It’s timeless. What the river can provide you is timeless.”