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Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

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Great place

This place is very near to the Lincoln Park Zoo, but there is no direct entrance from the Zoo, but... read more

Reviewed December 7, 2018
Ozurgeti, Georgia
Hidden Gem

I remember when this park was brand new. It was cool then but a bit sterile feeling. Now it has... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2018
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Fullerton Avenue, between N. Cannon and N. Stockton, between North Cannon Drive and North Stockon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
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Reviewed December 7, 2018

This place is very near to the Lincoln Park Zoo, but there is no direct entrance from the Zoo, but one can exit pool area directly to the Zoo. This is very quiet, peaceful and romantic place which is also very good for relax or...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 3, 2018

I remember when this park was brand new. It was cool then but a bit sterile feeling. Now it has matured into cozy little get away, perfect for a picnic or romantic stroll.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bedwardd
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Oasis in the big city. Always different , great place for meditation. Quiet and verty interesting experience of nature. Lots of ducks, fish. And you can get to the back door of the Zoo from there.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Agamaster
Reviewed July 17, 2018

Must see prairie style garden adjacent to zoo. This is a hidden gem as Alfred Caldwell was a student of Jens Jenson who designed the west side park system of Chicago. It is a relaxing space to spend time and enjoy.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank RusPat_704
Reviewed May 21, 2018

So peaceful. Just wonder through on your way to or from the Zoo. If you have time just sit for awhile. Take in nature and the moment. So relaxing, so pretty.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank john b
Reviewed February 1, 2018

Some family came to visit us from out of town in August, and we took them to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Afterwards, we randomly stumbled upon this gem inside the park. The beautiful lily pond is tucked away in a quiet corner of the park...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank pingaroo
Reviewed September 7, 2017

Maybe it is because we just came from the hyper-maintained conservatory, but we found this park to be overgrown with weeds and the like, a bit dangerous and deserted. It looked good from the gate, but once we ventured inside, we quickly became restless and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 13, 2017

Just a nice, quiet and beautiful spot in the city. Prairie style landscaping. They also offer tours of the gardens. I may not go out of my way as a tourist to visit, but as a resident, it's a nice way to spend some time.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

We stopped in here after the Lincoln Park Zoo and on the way to the beach. It's a nice, quiet place away from crowds. There's not a lot to it, but if you need a quick breather this is a great place to grab one.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank brianfH1501IL
Reviewed July 31, 2017

Free, came here after visiting the Lincoln Park conservatory. Saw birds fishing out the pool. Good place to sit and ponder.

Date of experience: July 2017
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