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“My Haven”
Review of Dawes Park

Dawes Park
Ranked #9 of 31 things to do in Evanston
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

What a gorgeous view! Waters: see the lake & the pond with a beautiful fountain inside. The skies with everchanging cloud formations. Ducks & ducklings swimming, waddling, sunbathing in & around the pond. Adorable dogs of every species walking by because of the nearby dog beach. Majestic trees all around. Autumn will be gorgeous with leaves changing colors. Grassy areas for sunning, reading, picnicking, playing frisbee, walking, day dreaming...
In the summer, there is a small food vendor open & the bathrooms are open to the public.

It has a lovely pier to stroll onto. I've seen wedding photo shoots here...

Just rejuvenating! I feel so connected to nature & my maker here.

Ample parking too,

2  Thank Justsaygrace
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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.

3  Thank Anne S
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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!

Thank StrangeTripper
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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!!!

1  Thank bearpawqs
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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.

Thank geneg855
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