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Address: Fullerton Avenue, between N. Cannon and N. Stockton, Chicago, IL
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This hidden treasure is right by Lincoln park zoo and the Lincoln park conservatory. It's a small loop around a pond with plenty to see. A couple of places to sit too. Better to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rachel O

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hidden treasure is right by Lincoln park zoo and the Lincoln park conservatory. It's a small loop around a pond with plenty to see. A couple of places to sit too. Better to visit during the summer months, but it's both fun to go due to its uniqueness and peacefulness.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another free thing to check out within Lincoln Park after seeing the zoo and conservatory is this small man made lily pond. You can enter off of Fullerton as it is located north of the zoo. It's rather small so not somewhere you would go for a walk necessarily, maybe just to sit for a while outside in quiet. There... More 

Thank James I
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Just north of the Lincoln Park Zoo lies the recently renovated Alfred Calwell Lily Pool. Its entrance is on Fullerton Ave, a short distance east of Stockton Drive. It's tranquility defined amid the hustle and bustle of people going to the beach, the zoo and the Nature Museum. You'll find people just sitting and relaxing or walking through the gardens--it's... More 

Thank Hugh C
Oakland, California
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63 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The Lily Pool is located near Lincoln Park and is so beautiful and peaceful (and free to the public). There are a few places to sit within the area.

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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Just off a busy road this well concealed lily pond is a oasis of meditative calm. It is shaded, quiet and peaceful. No dogs, bicycles or other disturbances are permitted. In my opinion best enjoyed in the evening - take a journal in which to write poetry or take a gentle stroll here with a lover.

1 Thank Tom M
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

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.

Thank N M
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
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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.

Thank DouglasP64
Chicago, Illinois
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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.

Thank Rolf A
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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.

Thank lunareist
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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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.