Nature & parks in Chicago

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Nature & Parks in Chicago

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  • Reedmummy
    Georgetown, SC20 contributions
    It was great go during the middle of the day it is safer. There was a lot of shootings in Chicago while we were there and mugging. The park is safe and very nice
    Written May 14, 2022
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  • Matt F
    83 contributions
    Wow! We had visited Chicago before, but never Lincoln Park Zoo. Why? I couldn’t tell you because this place is INCREDIBLE! And…FREE!
    My wife and I couldn’t believe that we were walking around such a vast, well maintained place, seeing Gorillas and Giraffes and Zebras and Hyenas up close without having to pay a penny (or a dime!)
    It was a great experience! Seeing the Gorillas was a highlight for me!
    If you’re ever in Chicago, this place is a MUST SEE! Visit here before anywhere else!
    Written May 12, 2022
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  • Morella
    Farmington Hills, MI1,010 contributions
    Absolutely loved this place!

    There are different environments connected by doors. Each one has a different theme. Plants and flowers are in great shape, evidently cared well.

    The diversity of environments and colors is enjoyable.

    There is also an area where you can drink coffee and teas, and have good quality croissants and muffins. This was a great find.

    Some of the areas have pathways through the plants. Nicely done.

    Reservations highly recommended at this time.
    Written May 7, 2022
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  • Here and There Wendy
    80 contributions
    Nice aquarium. Some outdated areas, but clean for the amount of people that were there. All in all it was okay, not an aquarium I would make the trek to again.
    Written May 15, 2022
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  • Irina
    United States9,939 contributions
    Lakefront Trail is an invaluable part of Chicago. It's great -- and free -- for anybody: pedestrians, joggers, walkers, cyclists. From the trail one can admire some fantastic scenic views of the gorgeous Lake Michigan and the unique Chicago Skyline, the exciting Chicago Lakefront, the grand and welcoming Navy Pier, and many other beautiful sites of this vibrant city.

    There are some new improvements to Lakefront Trail: it has a new addition -- the Navy Pier Flyover (constructed in 2014 -- 2021), which provides the separation of bicyclists from pedestrians in a very busy part of the city, that very often has traffic congestion in the area close to Navy Pier. For all visitors, and especially skaters and bicyclists I would recommend to study the current trail map and its regulations, safety instructions, etc. The trail is well-marked, has some very detailed info boards , and of course, there's much online info available, as well.

    Lakefront Trail stretches for 18,5 miles along the western shore of Lake Michigan, and goes quite a way parallel to Lake Shore Drive. The lawns, and some large city parks along the trail length, are nicely landscaped and well maintained.

    My friends and I have enjoyed our last visit to Lakefront Trail, as we always do!
    Written May 6, 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,535 contributions
    My wife and I live in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, a half-block south of North Avenue. Cross the street and you're in Lincoln Park, one of Chicago's most affluent communities and home to Lincoln Park, one of the city's most popular public parks, Lincoln Park Zoo and Old Town, one of the city's leading entertainment and restaurant meccas. Its boundaries are strictly defined--Diversey Avenue on the north, the Chicago River on the west, North Avenue on the south and Lake Michigan on the east. It also is home to DePaul University, Lincoln Park High School and one of the country's most distinguished private schools, Francis Parker School. And it is home to five architecturally significant churches--St. Michael's, St. Josaphat's, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Clement and St. James Lutheran Church. Other prominent tourist attractions include Chicago History Museum, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and North Pond Nature Sanctuary. Not to mention North Avenue Beach and the famous statues of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton. Chicago's only three-star Michelin restaurant, Alinea, is in Lincoln Park. So is the Lettuce Entertain You empire's first restaurant, R.J. Grunt's, which features one of the first salad bars. Also the first Potbelly Sandwich Works, which debuted in 1977. BBQ baby back ribs? Ella's is the place. Pizza? Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company. Hot dogs? Fatso's Last Stand.
    Written December 20, 2021
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  • travelwithparti
    Toronto, Canada8 contributions
    Near the zoo, good for a stroll through and contains interesting plants. You need to make reservations ahead of time. The access is free, but they accept donations to help fund the conservatory.
    Written May 9, 2022
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  • Deidre P
    37 contributions
    Love the park, has a wonderful time walking through it and seeing all of what Chicago has to offer as I walked the loop and enjoyed the places I saw along the way.
    Written May 1, 2022
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  • Roberts69
    Northampton, UK16,821 contributions
    The area of Downtown Chicago around Dusable Bridge, (a long-standing drawbridge honoring a founder of Chicago & decorated with sculptures & plaques), gives great views of the Chicago River and the surrounding architecture old and new. Walking down the river a short way past London House we crossed the Irv Kupcinet Bridge which gave us stunning views back up the Chicago River to Dusable Bridge. There are plenty of River Cruises you can go on but we didn't have time so just enjoyed the area and the River by foot.
    Written May 4, 2022
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  • bklyndelight
    Brooklyn, NY103 contributions
    This park is absolutely beautiful. Just walking around is a treat. I saw two brides taking pics. Near downtown,
    Written October 19, 2021
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,535 contributions
    One of the advantages of living where we do on Chicago's Gold Coast is the view. Since we moved into our apartment in 1983, we have enjoyed a picturesque view of North Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park and a front row seat for the annual Air and Water Show. Located at 1600 North Lake Shore Drive, at North Avenue and Lake Michigan, North Avenue Beach is one of Chicago's most popular beaches with the most picturesque view of Chicago's magnificent skyline. It also features a popular beach house that contains 22,000 square feet of space, a sleek ocean liner-inspired building that contains a restaurant, an ice cream cafe and facilities to rent volleyball courts, bicycles, kayaks, paddle boards, jet skis, lounge chairs, umbrellas, even sandals and chess tables. Outdoor beach yoga is offered seven days a week for all age levels. North Avenue Beach is also a popular gathering place for joggers and walkers and bicyclists. On the Lakefront Trail, you can stroll north from North Avenue Beach to Montrose Beach or south to Navy Pier. There is plenty of beachfront for swimmers and sun bathers. On a sunny summer day, it's an all-day activity. Parking is available in a paid lot but, be forewarned, there isn't much space so arrive early and take the North Avenue bus to the end of the line.
    Written June 15, 2021
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  • MadMike96
    Madison, WI46 contributions
    Great urban trail to walk, run, or bike. No cross traffic. Was not too busy on a weekday. Well maintained and lots of access points. 2.7 miles long.
    Written June 21, 2021
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  • Jazmin Marie
    Chicago, IL37 contributions
    The elotes taste better by the lake! There's something about a beautiful sunny day, the lake & some bomb elotes.

    I prefer to stop by here in the evening time & you can occasionally see fireworks from here (if Navy Pier is doing them). Parking can get pretty tight, but people are usually moving in and out so you'll find a spot if you're patient. Parking is free right now, but there's rumors that they're gonna make it paid soon.
    Written July 21, 2021
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  • Marina M
    Miami, FL180 contributions
    Very cute park. Not very large but good for a short walk. Perfect for families. Very close to shopping and restaurants.
    Written December 18, 2020
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  • Martin S
    Cranford, NJ1,530 contributions
    Ohio Street Beach is located at the eastern most end of Ohio Street and is close to Jane Addams Park and Navy Pier.

    It has the same great things the other Beaches do in terms of city views, but is much quieter and is clearly more private than Oak Street, North Avenue, or Fullerton Beach.

    It’s a pleasant change from the mass of humanity at the other places and can serve as a bit of an escape.

    Restaurant nearby.
    Written July 4, 2019
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