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Millennium Park
#1 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
This park is gorgeous, with beautifully landscaped discrete areas and amazing art installations including the iconic Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor, and the intricate and fabulous Frank Gehry designed Pritzker Music P...
Awesome skyline, loved the cloud and the beautiful sculpture in the park ,will be back every year to see ehat other improvements the city of chicago makes to this wonderful landmark, it us truly a site to behold a...
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Chicago River
#2 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
We enjoyed everything from our river and lake cruise to the Water Tower, Millenium Park, the Bean.and the Miracle Mile during our stay at the Comfort Suite.
You could definitely combine this activity with Millennium Park on one side or the Magnificent Mile on the other.
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Maggie Daley Park
#3 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
The trails and benches are just right for walkers; the colorful jungle gyms intriguing for kids; the rock climbing and skate ribbon inviting to youth; the flowers and grassy knolls embracing to nature lovers; and...
It blends year-round activities like ice skating, tennis, rock climbing, miniature golf, as well as novel in-park activities with wonderful city vistas.
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Garfield Park Conservatory
#4 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
Constructed between 1906 and 1907, the Garfield Park Conservatory represents a unique collaboration of architects, engineers, landscape architects, sculptors and artisans.
The neighborhood has always been safe, easy to take the Lake Streen El line from The Loop, (downtown), to Garfield Park, (Central Park stop) well worth the visit to anyone visiting Chicago!
Lakefront Trail
#5 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
The Lakefront offers a unique days worth of walking, jogging, bicycling with spectacular views of Chicago's skyscrapers, parks, lagoons, zoo, and the third largest body of fresh water in the world!
Located east of Lakeshore Drive, the Chicago Lakefront Trail is an 18.5-mile linear park along Lake Michigan that includes beaches, volleyball courts, playgrounds, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and soccer fields.
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Lincoln Park Conservatory
#6 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
Two attractions associated with the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond and the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, are located north of the conservatory along Stockton Avenue, across Fullerton Avenue.
Prior to visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo, we spent two hours touring the conservatory/grounds and were pleasantly surprised at the variety of plants and the pristine condition of the buildings and grounds.
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Lincoln Park
#7 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
... to have great bike paths, a farmer's market, sports areas, a harbor, a free architecturally beautiful zoo, a harbor, a free conservatory, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond, natural prairie land, and a nature museum!
... Conservatory, an outdoor theatre, a rowing canal, the Chicago History Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, North Avenue Beach, playing fiel...
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Lincoln Park Zoo
#8 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
It's also located a short walk from the lakefront via Fullerton Ave, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (not free but still worth it), the North and South pond nature walks, the Lincoln Park Farm (free), the Lincol...
Loved this zoo and the fact it was free was amazing!! Beautiful setting right off Grant Park, try to get there when you visit!!
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Lake Michigan Illinois 1.9 km away
#17 of 515 Nature & Parks in Illinois
Everyone embracing and accepting each other with commonality of recreation in an epic setting with smiles and embracing nature within one of America’s great cities! Enjoy Lake Michigan while in Chicago.
As well, the views of the Skyline are impressive from the Lake front, especially by Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park
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Grant Park
#9 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
Nestled right to Lake Michigan, the views as spectacular!!!! Take a walk down Lakeshore Drive through Grant Park and witness the beautiful, lush gardens, walking paths, and take photos at the spectacular Buckingha...
It contains squares, gardens, statues, wide walkways, festivals, plenty of restrooms and benches, Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum Campus, Daley Park, the Petrillo Mus...
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Shedd Aquarium
#10 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
Mr. Shedd imagined a stately marble building and a collection of aquatic animals from around the world that would complement the two world-class institutions already in Grant Park, the Field Museum and the Art Ins...
This is probably my kids favorite of the big Chicago museums...I prefer a quick stroll through Lincoln park zoo or a visit to the art institute but this is a good spot for adults too.
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North Avenue Beach
#11 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
Kind of a perfect location since the skyline is absolutely perfect from here, you're only a mile from the magnificent mile, and a mile from the Fullerton rocks/beach and Lincoln Park nightlife, + you're well serve...
Walking in the parks and the lakefront near the beaches are fun and family-oriented activities.
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Oak Street Beach
#12 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
... with North Michigan Avenue aka Magnificent Mile and curves around the Streeterville neighborhood and the beachfront on its way to Navy Pier and Grant Park, Oak Street Beach rests on the shore of Lake Michigan.
We went there twice, once on the walkway to Lincoln Park, and second day to swim.
Lurie Garden
#13 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
While it's right next to the Bean and the Pritzker Pavilion, it's a joyful space and definitely worth a visit throughout the seasons when visiting Millennium Park.
These immaculately kept, seasonal gardens are teeming with colour and will be a delight for anyone with a love of flowers and nature.
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The 606
#14 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
I stayed at a hotel in Wicker Park and was pleased to find the 606 trail entrance... did a quick out and back for about 5 miles... it’s well built and there are even water fountains along the trail.
The trail connects four Chicago neighborhoods, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square.
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Oz Park
#15 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
This park has multiple activities that you can do, such as basketball, softball, tennis, football, soccer; visiting the community garden, and also letting your children wear themselves out at the playground.
The area around the park was my favorite area of Chicago, so definitely take a stroll around the area!
Ohio Street Beach
#16 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
It sits right next to Olive Park, voted one of the 10 most romantic parks in the city.
No showers, though if one was industrial/desperate enough – a 10min walk to Navy Pier and there is fountain park – where kids or anyone can run through to cool down.
Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
#17 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
This place is great for lovers of nature, architecture, history, or just some respite from the bustle of the city.
This is a hidden gem as Alfred Caldwell was a student of Jens Jenson who designed the west side park system of Chicago.
Montrose Beach
#18 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
There's also a place to get food and drinks just off the human beach area or you can have a big picnic at the park area.
This beach is the cornerstone of the huge north side of Lincoln Park.
Millennium Monument
#19 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
Wrigley Square is a public square located in the northwest section of Millennium Park in the Historic Michigan Boulevard District of the Loop area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States.
It is 'unusually classic' in relation to Millennium Park as a whole, where most of the buildings and structures, pavilions and concert halls, monuments and fountains generally have a very striking, ultra-modern de...
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Milton Lee Olive Park
#20 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
This park walks you along the lake with great views of the city on both sides.
A wide path stretches from the park entrance to Lake Michigan.
Jackson Bark - Dog Park
#21 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
Amazing dog park! Very large, a lot of obstacles and toys for the dogs to play.
The park is clean, spacious, has water and bowls available, toys, agility equipment and even a pool on one side!
Ping Tom Memorial Park
#22 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
I have seen people taking family photos and wedding pictures in the park, with the skyline as a back drop, Have fun!
Another cool thing is one can grab a water taxi from the park to different stops in downtown, Michigan Ave included and back again if you like.
Jackson Park's Japanese Garden
#23 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
It is a place of wonderment where you can FEEL nature, tranquility and beauty.
The Japanese garden on the Wooded Island just south of the Museum of Science and Industry is a living reminder of the great fair that once was this park.
Humboldt Park
#24 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
The park was designed by William Baron Jenny with contributions by Jens Jensen and named for the famed German naturalists who in his lifetime published over 800 articles, pamphlets, books in several languages and...
Drive along North Avenue between Western and Pulaski any day of the week and you are awed by the sight of Humboldt Park, its size and greenery and historic buildings and community gatherings.
Daley Bicentennial Plaza
#25 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
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Lake Shore East Park
#26 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
There is a great rose garden, playground, nice park with trees for your dog to make new friends, very unusual fountains and a lot of trees in this park that sometimes when I am there I don;t feel at all that I am...
LAKE SHORE EAST PARK is a great place for a quiet family outing, peaceful meditation, or scenic stroll.
31st Street Harbor
#27 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
Best park to see Lake Michigan & beautiful view of Chicago
Foster Avenue Beach
#28 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
But be warned: on weekends after 10am it is hard to find parking or even get inside the park (since the police due to huge crowdes redirect people away)....
Gold Star Families Park & Memorial
#29 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
The park also provides an excellent vantage point to Soldier Field, across the street.
The gold star families park & memorual is placed on Chigago's great park on the entrance of the stadium, all the stadium was done thinking in the memorial and has a amazing arquiteture.