Location: Grayslake, Illinois
Size: 667 acres
Notable: Recipient of the Chicago Sun Times Residential Real Estate Award for Excellence for Best Land Planning (1994)
A breakthrough in open land preservation, Prairie Crossing is the first “conservation community” developed with the existing land and landscape in mind. The Shaw Company created the original master plan for this community, which includes single-family homes, a working farm, miles of trails, a horse stable, and historic buildings. As an ecological anchor for Central Lake County, 60 percent of the land at Prairie Crossing is designated to remain open to preserve wetlands, prairies, and lakes.