The Main Attractions in Lincoln Park have their own listings (Zoo, Conservatory). But the Park is fun to meander through and discover its less well-known delights.
CTA Bus #156 will take you from Union Station or anywhere on North LaSalle Downtown to Lincoln Park. I took it directly to the Conservatory. However, arriving a little before the Conservatory's 9 A.M. opening I wandered to the East and found the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. While the lilies were not blooming in October, the Pool is surrounded by a grove of native trees and plants. It is a tranquil place to contemplate and enjoy the waterfowl enjoying the Pool. The Pool has a pavilion and a stacked rock waterfall. Very charming and peaceful.
Immediately south of the Conservatory are beautifully planted and kept formal gardens surrounding the Bates Fountain (Storks at Play, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1887). Benches allow you to rest and enjoy the variety of seasonal plantings.
Dotting LIncoln Park are statues erected by interested Chicago citizens of their heroes, literary or political. Immediately south of the formal garden is a shrine to Schiller, fashioned by Ernst Bildhauer Fau in 1886.
The Zoo entrance is next. However the Zoo doesn't open until 10 A.M. and is not open after 5 P.M.
Wandering further south I came upon a seated statue of Hans Christian Anderson by Johannes Gellert (1896). Cafe Brauer (Dwight Perkins, 1908) provides refreshments 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. between Memorial and Labor Days. It is set on South Pond. The Pond's expanse provides vistas south to Downtown Chicago's skyline as well as reflections of the Park and its surrounding high-rises. Still further South are more statues (Grant, Franklin, Lincoln) and ball fields.
Lincoln Park is a linear park on Lake Michigan. Unfortunately most of the Park is separated from the lakeshore by the very busy and noisy Cannon and Lake Shore Drives. They spoil what could have been a spectacular view.
At the very south end of the Park is the Chicago Historical Museum. From Lakeshore Drive and LaSalle St. CTA Bus #151 can get you back downtown.
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