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Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Fullerton Avenue, between N. Cannon and N. Stockton, Chicago, IL (University Village / Little Italy)
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Ranked #72 of 365 attractions in Chicago
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water
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Cheshire, England
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154 reviews 154 reviews
42 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We intended to stay 15 minutes and spent a good hour and half here watching the dragon flies and butterflies over the pond. It is very peaceful and beautiful-my favourite place in Chicago.

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Goshen, IN
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

This was my second trip to the Lilly pond. Such a peaceful spot, you cannot tell that you are in the city. Great place to just sit and take in the nature experience. A hidden treasure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

I admit that I found this spot during a scavenger hunt a few years ago and always thought it was amazing that you can walk a few steps off of a busy intersection and be totally cut off from everything in a tranquil area. There are free tours every so often - look for the sign. There is some interesting... More

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Buffalo, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Considering that it was free (except for the parking, the first 30 minutes are free at the Zoo parking) it was a must see place. It was nice to see the variety of wild flowers, native flowers, water fountain, lilies, people taking professional pictures for weddings, etc. beautiful and relaxing.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Tucked away off Fullerton, just North of the Lincoln Park Zoo, the lily ponds are sheltered by trees and ringed by rocks. The oath circles a series of interlocking ponds, check out birds and turtles. Cool and calm on a hot day. The back entrance is usually open right into the zoo. Little kids love to hunt for turtles. Combine... More

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Chicago, IL
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

For the shade, for the bursting flora, for the frogs and butterflies, for the rocks, for the paths, for a quiet time of reflection, or a fun time exploring with the kids. It's right next to the zoo (there's an exit directly TO the zoo, but you have to go around through the main entrance to get in) so there's... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I live in the area and this is one of my favorite places to stroll for some peace and quiet. It is literally an oasis from the bustle and hustle of the city.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Nice spot to relax. Many bird species, including wood ducks. For tree aficionados, find the large dawn redwood on the south end of the pool.

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Dearborn Heights
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

If you are looking for a beautiful, unspoiled, clean place to collect your thoughts visist the lily pool. There are turtles, ducks, fish, and best os all...quiet. My husband and I stayed for an hour and only saw two other people walking through. It is not croweded so take your time and enjoy. This would be a great photo shoot... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

A National Historic Landmark – This hidden garden designed in the Prairie style has stone paths, native plants, a waterfall, pavilion and council ring. Alfred Caldwell was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and Jens Jensen. Docent led tour are available on Friday and Sunday afternoons and Saturday from 9:00 to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Lily Pool... More

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