Milton Lee Olive Park
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psudino
Weehawken, NJ4,122 contributions
Sep 2021
This is a quiet park just north of Navy Pier. The one thing that I really noticed was how quiet it was. Unless you look to the west and see all the buildings it is possible to forget you are in a big city. The park is green, as nice well maintained trails and is just a nice tranquil place.
Written June 13, 2022
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Irina
United States10,935 contributions
Nov 2021
If you are in the central area of Lake Shore Drive (LSD), you might enjoy visiting Milton Lee Olive Park, that is right across from LSD, and that gives you a great visual perspective and panoramic views of the Lakeshore Front of Chicago in all its magnificent splendor.

The location of the park is perfect, and the park itself is wonderful -- 10+ acres of a well designed and developed land, properly maintained, that also offers to enjoy the beauty of nature (vast grassy areas, both open and shaded), and walking paths; the central, wide alley of the park is a beauty, adorned with enormous honey locust trees, there are benches in the park and other seating areas around the five fountains (working in summer time). The observation deck facing the Lake Front, is fantastic and functional, and of course the park opens to the fascinating Lake Michigan, that is very attractive in any time of the year.

The park is located very closely to Navy Pier, Jane Addams Memorial Park, Lakefront Trail, Lake Point Tower, and Ohio Street Beach.

The park is named after Milton L. Olive, III -- a Vietnam veteran and the first African-American recipient of the Medal of Honor. The park was officially dedicated in 1966 by the US President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Written March 4, 2022
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Martin S
Cranford, NJ1,540 contributions
Jun 2019
You can find this on the way to Navy Pier by way of Jane Adams Park.

It’s smaller and quiet. Easy to keep tabs on younger children and pets.

It is adjacent to the Ohio Street Beach and looking toward the beach, you really get outstanding city skyline views and great views of the lake.

Another place to enjoy the beauty the city has to offer and avoid the crowds. A peaceful escape.
Written July 8, 2019
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wareagle832
Chicago, IL2 contributions
Olive Park is named after my cousin, Milton Lee Olive III. At 18 and during a search and destroy mission in Vietnam, he spotted a live grenade, put it on his stomach allowing it to explode. He paid the ultimate price and saved the lives of four of his comrades. Skipper, as we called him, was the first African American to have received the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. He also received two Purple Hearts.
Written August 6, 2010
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Kerry L
Bloomington, IL172 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
This is a park that it feels like a lot of people don't know about. There's no playground or anything so it's probably not a great place for kids. There's no direct way to get there from Navy Pier so if you want to get to the tip of the park to take pictures of the Chicago skyline, you have to walk all the way around. I saw a couple people with their dogs. It's got a nice open grassy area to play with them. The park also has some nice large fountains. They didn't have any water in them when we went, but that's probably due to the cold.
Written October 16, 2012
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appetite4trvl
Chicago, IL1,985 contributions
Anyone who's been to Chicago will tell you how clean downtown truly is for a big city. I also love the fact that it has lots of green to balance the tall buildings. In the summer Chicago is a beautiful city and there are quite a few outdoor concerts and festivals. Milton Lee Olive Park is a beautiful place to sit with a sandwich you picked up from Fox & Obel gourmet market and a bottle of wine, lay in the sun and simply watch people walk (or run or bicycle) by.
Written January 7, 2012
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GracyInVienna
London, UK741 contributions
Aug 2011 • Solo
If you are heading to Navy Pier, don't pass up a short 15-30 minute walk though this park. It provides some excellent views of northern Chicago's skyline. There isn't much to see in the park itself. A few plain fountains, which not all are running, and a few memorials, but the views are well worth the trip.
Written August 21, 2011
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AdventurousAmy77
Lafayette, IN209 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
We stumbled upon this park by accident. Just happened to notice a wedding party heading in on the trail. What a beautiful city park right on Lake Michigan and tucked in behind Navy Pier. There is an awesome view of this park from the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel.
This park is within walking distance of Navy Pier - a very short walk <5 minutes. Great views of the city and a nice place to get a decent walk in. I would love to visit it again in the summer when all the fountains are running.

If you visit, please take the time to see the memorial and read the story about Milton Lee Olive. He is an American Hero.
Written October 28, 2012
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middleof
northmidwest16 contributions
May 2012 • Solo
This free park is next to Ohio Street beach and Navy Pier with paths going to all 3. It has a bench lined walk with water along one side and open field on the other. There are 3 large concrete decks overlooking the water and skyline which makes a perfect picture! On the very end you can look out to the rest of the lake. There is a beautiful story about the history a few reviews down.
Written July 12, 2012
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Hollington
Minneapolis, MN4 contributions
When we just wanted to walk around (and go a bit without spending money), we headed out to Milton Lee Olive Park. I got some great pictures - the park has very nice views - and some exercise. I'd definitely recommend strolling through if you get the chance.
Written March 2, 2009
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