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“Peace in Urban Maelstrom”

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
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Walking Tour of Lincoln Park in Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
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943 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
“Peace in Urban Maelstrom”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Nice spot to relax. Many bird species, including wood ducks.

For tree aficionados, find the large dawn redwood on the south end of the pool.

Visited June 2012
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“Secret Garden in Lincoln Park, Chicago”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

If you are looking for a beautiful, unspoiled, clean place to collect your thoughts visist the lily pool. There are turtles, ducks, fish, and best os all...quiet. My husband and I stayed for an hour and only saw two other people walking through. It is not croweded so take your time and enjoy. This would be a great photo shoot for engagement or wedding photos. Incredible place for nature photographers and anyone looking for some peace and quiet. There are some very intersting and beautful landscaping features. Definately worth the visit.

Visited September 2012
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Chicago
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“Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

A National Historic Landmark – This hidden garden designed in the Prairie style has stone paths, native plants, a waterfall, pavilion and council ring. Alfred Caldwell was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and Jens Jensen. Docent led tour are available on Friday and Sunday afternoons and Saturday from 9:00 to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Lily Pool is open from May thur October.

Visited August 2012
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Illinois US
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“Near the zoo, worth a walk over to visit”
Reviewed May 19, 2012

Located just North East of the Conservatory which is right by the Lincoln Park Zoo, this Lilly Pond is worth a visit. Small, it was designed by Alfred Caldwell to give a prairie look to a small Lilly pond. Niagra limestone lines the walk and once you stop and view the pond, depending upon where you are standing you may view it is a running brook or as a pond. Stunning small pergola like building in prairie style often mistaken as a work of Caldwells friend Frank Lloyd Wright. If a docent is near, take a very informative walk with them. This pond is on the migratory path of over 5000 song birds.

Visited May 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Secret Oasis”
Reviewed March 19, 2012

The Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pond is a less visited part of Lincoln Park located next to the most visited part of the park the zoo. Unique landscape design with rock formations, dense trees, and native plants. You can forget that you're in a massive city. It's free and there's usually not many people people there. Take a stroll on the path winding around the pond or spend a few hours lounging on the rocks by the waterfall.

Visited September 2011
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