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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Irina
    United States9,939 contributions
    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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  • Emily W
    1 contribution
    Wonderful community-run park with agility options, cooling pools and mist stations, and first aide! Plus the ability to section off half of the park if you have dogs with mismatched temperament. I have never been to a better dog park in the city of Chicago. Absolutely worth the trip to Hyde Park if you're not from the neighborhood
    Written July 18, 2021
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  • brmusicman
    Chicago, IL2,826 contributions
    We have a tradition with neighbors to spend one day a month exploring a new neighborhood in Chicago. It was Humboldt Park's turn, and the main attraction on a lovely late summer/early fall day was Humboldt Park itself! Definitely worth exploring. The park is HUGE and had several beautiful pavilions and vistas. It was a great place to walk, catch-up, and see Chicago in-action.

    Spend some time in the field house; it's architecture is beautiful and there's some neat features inside. The pavilion is also gorgeous, with nice views of the water and families having fun in the park. There are several statues throughout the park, including one of the namesake (a German who made important contributions to science). We also enjoyed reading some online history about the park and its surrounding neighborhood--it's played big roles in the history of Chicago's significant Polish and Puerto Rican communities. The crowd in the park during our visit was diverse--great to see families out enjoying a great city's parks on a beautiful day.
    Written February 20, 2019
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  • Betty
    2,552 contributions
    It is a beautiful park next to the Science and Industry. It has nice trails for walking. We enjoyed the Japanese Garden inside the park.

    Beware of their paid parking lots.- the signage was poor and we didn't realize we had to pay until we noticed a car had a Denver boot on its wheel. We scanned the area and sure enough we saw the tiny paid parking sign hidden at the back of the lot - it should have been posted at the entrance.
    Written October 2, 2021
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  • Neta_Avivi
    Tel Aviv, Israel3,546 contributions
    Small and cute park in Chinatown, right by the Chicago Water Taxi station (which is a fun way to get from Chinatown to the downtown area). It is great to sit, relax and look at the river and the beautiful city skyline.
    Written September 28, 2019
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  • Irina
    United States9,939 contributions
    Lake Shore East Park is beautiful -- from its vast, green center lawn and cozy shaded alleys with benches and unpretentious-looking fountains to beautiful trees and flowers and tall, slim skyscrapers around it. The park is public, dog-friendly (there's even a separate fenced dog park in this area), excellently maintained, and overall, has a very modern, charming, friendly feel about it.

    Master-planned as the part of the Lakeshore East urban development on about 5 acres of land, the park opened in 2005. The park is actually an inseparable part of this residential area, and it is surrounded by the buildings, that are either luxury condominium skyscrapers, or high-end apartment high-rises, or fascinating townhouses. Some of the skyscrapers are a combination of residencies, businesses and hotels, as for instance, Aqua Tower (also Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel) and St. Regis Chicago Hotel (also a condominium building).

    Lake Shore East Park is so perfectly located in this big city, that it is only several minutes walk from it to many other attractions in the area -- Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Lake Michigan, Lake Shore Drive and Lake Shore Trail, Navy Pier, Chicago River and Chicago River Walk, Magnificent Mile.

    I've been to Lake Shore East Park many times -- and plan to be back any time soon.

    It is a gorgeous, beautiful city park to visit and to relax.
    Written August 11, 2021
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,535 contributions
    Promontory Point on Chicago's South Side has been known in recent years as the site of Barack and Michelle Obama's first kiss. But it's much more than that. Its view of Lake Michigan and Chicago's skyline may not be as scenic as the view from North Avenue Beach but it is an attractive piece of landscape. Located at 55th Street in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, Promontory Point or The Point is a man-made peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan that was opened to the public in 1937. It was constructed from landfill and by the late 1930s was protected by a seawall or revetment that consists of limestone blocks arranged in a series of four steps leading to a promenade. The 12-acre peninsula, which contains a fieldhouse and was a popular destination for swimmers, sunbathers and windsurfers in the pre-pandemic period, can be accessed by the Lakefront Trail and a tunnel which passes under South Lake Shore Drive at the east end of 55th street, in the shadow of the Museum of Science and Industry. With its view of Navy Pier and Chicago's skyline and Lake Michigan, and the presence of stone sitting rings or fire pits that date to 1938, Promontory Point is a popular wedding and corporate event location and an area for family picnics. And first kisses.
    Written October 28, 2020
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  • Neta_Avivi
    Tel Aviv, Israel3,546 contributions
    The Millennium Monument is part of Millennium Park, located in Wrigley Square. It is an impressive nearly full-sized replica of the semicircle of paired Roman Doric-style columns that originally sat in this area of Grant Park. It is one of many statues, monuments and public art pieces in the area.
    Written October 5, 2019
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  • April N
    Phoenix, AZ122 contributions
    ...the bathrooms are atrocious! Guess that's a good thing though as opposed to folks using the lake as a bathroom right? The lake water is clean. Beach was somewhat clean until people started leaving and not picking up their trash.

    Parking in the lot right in front of the beach is not free. It's $2 per hour. I thought parking was free adjacent the lot but as I was going to put more money on my sticker I saw at least 15 cars with tickets. So if you are paying to park I suggest you keep up with the time or pay for all day which is just as much as if you paid to park at North Ave. Beach in a lot.

    Plenty of shade and picnic areas. You can grill. There are also vendors selling tacos, corn (elotes), cotton candy, etc. Lifeguards on duty until about 7pm. Swim at your own risk after that.
    Written July 12, 2017
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  • Cynthia K
    Westville, IN2,926 contributions
    We went to Christkindlmarket this year. Same booths. I like looking, but things are pretty expensive. We went on a Tue afternoon & it wasn't too crowded. Definitely a place to skip on the weekends if you hate crowds.
    Hot chocolate, a small cookie & a decorative mug & I was done.
    Written December 7, 2021
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