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Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

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Address: Fullerton Avenue, between N. Cannon and N. Stockton, Chicago, IL
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Something stunning - different in every season

Well hidden right in front of you is a good way to describe this gem. With limestone rocks trucked in from Wisconsin, the design is as natural as it gets. Serene and peaceful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well hidden right in front of you is a good way to describe this gem. With limestone rocks trucked in from Wisconsin, the design is as natural as it gets. Serene and peaceful although it is sharing a fence with the Lincoln Park Zoo. Great place to photograph native grasses and flowering species, combined with the still water and lily... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very unique, hidden gem near the Lincoln Park Zoo and a great place for families of all sizes to start before heading into the Zoo or the Lincoln Park Conservatory. The lily pond is lovely to view and you'll find yourself wanting to just sit on one of the large limestone rocks and take in the tranquility... More 

Thank Christopher H
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Over the years I have visited the Lily Pond many times. It is a place of peace and tranquility. As you arrive there are tour guides who offer to give you a free tour of the garden. One day I will take them up on this. I love to stop by when I walking in the area, the shade and... More 

Thank Michael B
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

I just love this hidden gem. Never very crowded... you can find calmness and serenity always in all of the nooks and crannies along the paths. Love the Asian themed architecture and it makes for very good photos. It is one of my fav spots in Chicago for a stroll, romantic walk, or just to get away in nature.

Thank elise l
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

The Lily Pool opens in May and stays open until Nov. 3 at dusk. You may enter on Fullerton--it is the rather unobtrusive wooden gate, or inside the zoo. There is a pavilion that is a popular photo opportunity, a waterfall that is a hit with small children, and various nooks and crannies that are popular with people seeking privacy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

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 

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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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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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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 

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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.