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Address: Fullerton Avenue, between N. Cannon and N. Stockton, Chicago, IL
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A glorious retreat from the bustle

Other than some sounds of the nearby traffic, this place is a wonderful escape perfectly demonstrating Chicago's motto: City in a Garden. While the garden and pool are often... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Crystal L
Anchorage, Alaska

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Other than some sounds of the nearby traffic, this place is a wonderful escape perfectly demonstrating Chicago's motto: City in a Garden. While the garden and pool are often described as Japanese-like, they are actually a great example of Prairie Architecture. It does follow some similar design philosophies as Japanese gardens, and it is impossible to say that Japanese style... More 

Thank Crystal L
Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not widely known or visited even though the entrance is located on Fullerton just outside the north end of the zoo, A group of us helped to keep flies off an injured duck while arranging veterinary care. It was a severe enough inury to believe it was an animal attack. I'm guessing the 'trickster' aka... coyote.v dog. Plan as much... More 

Thank DougTally
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Out-of-town guests never fail to be amazed when we take them into this secluded oasis, a block from busy Lake Shore Drive and in the shadow of the Lincoln Park Zoo, off of Fullerton. Designed by the great landscape architect Alfred Caldwell, this lily pond and park had fallen into neglect when it was rescued in the late-1990s and restored... More 

Thank Jim P
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108 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

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.

Thank Rachel O
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

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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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 

1 Thank Hugh C
Oakland, California
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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.

1 Thank 123Nutmeg123
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

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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102 reviews
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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
8 attraction 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.

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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.