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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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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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245 helpful votes 245 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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161 reviews 161 reviews
42 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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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
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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