Surburban Chicago Coyote Sightings

Below is a list of coyote sightings that have been submitted to us by our sight visitors. Please remember to go to our coyote sighting submission page to share your own stories.

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163rd & Cobson Avenue in South Holland, IL
in South Holland
Date:  12/13/2013
Time:  9:30 p.m.
Spotted a single large coyote. I drove back around and saw him twice, both times in the front yard of a neighbor across the street from me.
Submitted by: Moe

Foster & Emerson in Evanston, IL
Date:  1/18/2014
Time:  9:30 p.m.
I was in my backyard with my dog and saw a coyote creeping around, near my fence. I grabbed my dog and it sauntered off. Didn’t make a sound, even when my dog was barking at him.
Submitted by: User

Ridge and Madison in Evanston, IL
Date:  1/14/2013
Time:  7:45 p.m.
Coyote spotted.
Submitted by: User

County Farm Road just south of Lies Road in Carol Stream, IL
Date: 1/21/2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
A healthy adult coyote was spotted standing on a snowplow driven drift.
Submitted by: User

Lake & Linn Streets in Crystal Lake, IL
Date:  1/2014
Time:  ?
Multiple sightings in this area.
Submitted by: User

Near Terrace Hill Subdivision in Algonquin, IL
Date: 1/30/2014
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Two coyotes were spotted walking rear lot line.
Submitted by: User

Melas Park in Arlington Heights, IL
Date: 7/15/2013
Time: Dusk
Just pulled into parking lot at dusk with my two dogs. Upon exiting my car I saw a large healthy looking coyote start to run across the parking lot under the light. I then noticed two more a little bit in the shadows. There were at least 3 but could have been 4. One of them stopped to look at us and the others slowed down so I started yelling and running towards them and threw a soda that scared the hell out of them and they all dissapeared.
Submitted by: User

Davis & Lincolnwood Drive in Skokie, IL
Date: 2/13/2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Coyote spotted.
Submitted by: User

Palatine and Schoenbeck in Wheeling, IL
Date: 10/7/2012
Time: Noon
Description: Coyote was reportedly hit by a car.
Submitted by: News

0-100 Block S Hebert Road, Riverside, IL
Date: 1/29/2013
Time: 1am
Description: A news report had four coyotes chasing a dog and breaking windows even after the dog was inside.
Submitted by: News

Liberty Lake, Libertyville, IL
Date: 1/24/2013
Time: Early Morning
Description: Saw one coyote on the west side of the lake in the early morning.
Submitted by: User

Skokie, IL
Date: 2/3/13
Time: ?
Description: Coyote sighted on Dempster ramp heading west on 94.
Sumbitted by: User

Oak Lawn Community High School, Oak Lawn, IL
Date: 2/17/2013
Time: 9:00 am
Description: Patch reader submitted sighting of a large coyote near the high school in Oak Lawn.

Near Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village, IL
Date: March 18, 2013
Time: Morning
Description: I saw one pretty big coyote, or what i’m guessing is a big one, I have not seen many as I was driving to work.
Source: User

Green Bay Road & N McCormick Blvd, Illinois
Date: 3/16/2013
Time: 5am
Description: I am 99% sure it was a coyote that I saw near this intersection.
Submitted by User

Portage Park, IL
Date: March 2013
Time: After Midnight
Description: I saw two good sized coyotes.
Source: Zella

200 Block of Dempster, Evanston, IL
Date: July 22, 2013
Time: 8:10pm
Description: 2 large coyotes sighted.
Submitted by: User

Green Bay Road in Illinois
Date: June 1 thru July 15,2013
Time: 8:45-9pm
Description: A family, two adults, 2 cubs every evening around 8:45 – 9p along the fence east end of the canal.
Submitted by: Marsha A.

101st & Park Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL
Date: June 20, 2013
Time: 9:45pm
Description: I saw a coyote running South on Parke Ave beginning at 100th Place and running toward 102nd place.

Michael St. and Verde Drive, Mount Prospect, IL
Date: May 26, 2013
Time: 6:45 am
Description: Small coyote seen in back yard near michael st. and verde drive, mount prospect, IL
Submitted by: User

Border of Wayne and St. Charles, IL
Date: October, 20, 2012
Time: 7:30 am
Description:  I saw a large coyote standing in a field with a dead rabbit hanging from the coyote’s mouth. The coyote was just standing there looking rather proud of itself. It was about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2012. I was on the border of Wayne and St. Charles, driving west on Country Club Dr. towards Route 25. (Kane County, IL.) It was a rather exciting thing to see!
Submitted by: Tracey

Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve and Sunset Park in Bartlett, IL
Date: Ongoing
Time: Ongoing
Description: I live next to Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve in Bartlett, IL. Almost every night you can hear coyotes howling. After talking to an employee at the DuPage Forest Preserve District, it seems there may be a large den on the south side of the CN Railroad line between Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve and Sunset Park in Bartlett.
Sumbitted by: Tracey

Arlington Lake, Arlington Heights, IL
Date: May 4, 2013
Time: 7:00pm
Description: Spotted a coyote running across the meadow from the forest area near Arlington heights . Few minutes later spotted the same one running back into the forest.But at the entrance to the forest it stopped and started barking. Looked like a big one.
Submitted by: User

Elm Circle and 101st in Oak Lawn, IL
Date: April 1, 2013
Time: ?
Description: Spotted 2 coyotes.
Submitted by: User

Old Oak Neighborhood in Algonquin, IL
Date: 7/23/13
Time: ?
Description: Saw two coyotes in the Old Oak Neighborhood in Algonquin the evening of 7/23.
Submitted by: User

Heritage Lake in Carol Stream, IL
Date: 8/4/13
Time: 10:30 am
Description: Large mangy coyote seen on property standing on my hill near heritage lake in carol stream at 1030am 8-4-13. I think it’s living in the brush behind my house.
Submitted by: Nate

Memorial Park Cemetery in Skokie, IL
Date: 8/13/13
Time: 6 pm
Description: Coyote sighting-(2) at 6 pm Dignity Cemetery in Skokie.
Submitted by: User

Yorktown Apartments in Lombard, IL
Date: 9/4/14
Time: 8 pm
Sumbitted by: Nimi

Crawford & Golf Road in Skokie, IL
Date: 10/13/13
Time: 10:30pm
Description: Two coyotes seen at near Skokie (Crawford and golf) neighborhood.
Submitted by: User

162nd and Woodlawn West in South Holland, IL
Date: 10/8/13
Time: 4:00pm
Description: Spotted on coyote.
Submitted by: Julie

Near Oak Meadows Park in Oak Lawn, IL
Date: 11/2/13
Time: 11 pm
Description: Spotted a large, healthy looking coyote strolling down the sidewalk in the Oak Meadows neighborhood of Oak Lawn, on Oak Center Drive between Spring Road and Elm Circle.
Submitted by:  S. Roseen