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“A local park at its best” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dawes Park

Dawes Park
Ranked #8 of 24 things to do in Evanston
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Evanston, Illinois
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357 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“A local park at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

The park is a great place to enjoy the summer which is located at the edge of Lake Michigan. The area is filled with outdoor activities like boating, tennis, cycling, surfing to name a few. It is the backdrop of the well-attended annual arts festival. Or you can spend the afternoon reading your favorite book. There's even a beach area solely dedicated for your four-legged pets. Take note that you need a city pass to enter the beach area (daily or season pass). Picnic tables and adjacent grills are spread across the park so this is good for group barbecue outings. This is one of the reasons why I love Evanston.

Visited September 2013
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English first
Chicago's North Shore, Illinois
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261 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
“Another Northshore gem....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

A most excellent venue to see FREE live music during Evanston's Starlight Concert Series. Located right on Lake Michigan. During the winter, it's a nice place for ice skating (when it's open, which has been less and less in recent years)..... At any rate, go out and see some FREE live music---you'll be happy you did!

Visited August 2013
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New Richmond, Wisconsin
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132 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Loved the park. Nice bike path and paths to walk. Has a dog beach to exercise your dog. Beaches are not free, you can buy a day pass. Lots of fabulous eye candy on hot summer days!!!

Visited July 2013
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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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117 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Nice Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

This park has been a favorite point for The Ethnic Art Festival for 25 years for us. The lakeside location is Great and the Music is good considering it is free. There are many nice art and craft exhibits and a pond to watch while you stroll along looking at art.

Visited July 2012
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Mountain View, California
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763 reviews
232 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 380 helpful votes
“Great park for sitting outdoors and enjoying a picnic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2011

Great park for sitting outdoors and enjoying a last picnic with your oldest friends before moving away from Chicago.

Hypothetically.

Windy by the lake by this time of year, but the fountain is beautiful and the ducks are entertaining and the people-watching is top-notch. Plenty of free three-hour parking, and the park is very dog-friendly. Pack a lunch and enjoy!

Visited September 2011
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