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Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
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Address: Fullerton Avenue, between N. Cannon and N. Stockton, Chicago, IL
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Prairie perfect

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
hovaard45
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Chesterfield, MO
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126 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

If you are visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo or conservatory the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Park is like a secret garden. You enter off Fullerton or Cannon Drive North of the Zoo and across from the Notebaert Nature Museum. You can walk through the park in 10 minutes, or linger and take in the tranquility for an hour. It’s not... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This area was a nice little oasis and definitely worth going to if you're in the Lincoln Park/zoo area. Beautiful and well maintained.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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42 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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
4 attraction reviews
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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Illinois
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129 reviews 129 reviews
47 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
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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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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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