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Address: Fullerton Avenue, between N. Cannon and N. Stockton, Chicago, IL
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Peaceful Central Solace

I loved living nearby when I did and this is a haven to me. A quiet spot in the center of the city it's home to a lot of wildlife including foxes, raccoons, and many types of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I loved living nearby when I did and this is a haven to me. A quiet spot in the center of the city it's home to a lot of wildlife including foxes, raccoons, and many types of birds. Absolutely beautiful and peaceful, and a lovely place for a tiny picnic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

A hidden gem located near the Lincoln Park Zoo, this man made park and lily pond really helps to escape the crazy and noise of a big city. Rarely full, take a book , relax and just unwind.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Pass through the gate and a prairie pond, complete with Frank Lloyd Wright inspired pavilion, opens before you. Designed by Alfred Caldwell, Chicago's other premier landscape architect, the park is a perfect prairie experience just yards away from Lake Shore Drive and Lincoln Park Zoo. It's also free admission, just like the zoo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This is a perfect place to leave the city. They have docent free tours. I love the natural beauty and serenity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My husband and I had booked a different park for our Memorial Day weekend wedding. Unfortunately, the park district contacted us early January to notify us that they could no longer accommodate our event due to construction work in that area. Here were were left without a ceremony location months before our wedding and everything was completely covered in 2-3... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Locals like me LOVE this "secret" spot. When the weather is nice it's great for a picnic, walk or meditation (or romantic date). The garden is surprisingly quiet even on a busy summer day and there's a path winding around the pond.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

A hidden gem in plain site - enter off from Fullerton - and exit into the Lincoln Park Zoo - - - beautiful historical naturalistic landscape & pond - romantic and interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A masterpiece of Prairie landscape design, one of the best quiet places in the city. Used to be named the Lincoln Park Zoo rookery, but no confined animals here. Some small prairie pavillions also. Highly recommended for a short visit. Still a hidden undertrafficked gem.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I walked past this place so many times walking to the beach until I finally took the time to walk inside! I love this place and take all of my friends there. It is hard to imagine such a peaceful place can be located in the heart of a big city!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

The aquarium was superb with the exception of the staff. When buying our tickets, the female cashier was rude, short, and never made eye contact. When we were petting the sturgeons upstairs, the "Geriatric Sturgeon Nazi" was condescending to my seven year old and the rest of the children as if she was the world's most revered fish expert and... More 

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Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.