With over 500 parks to choose from in the Windy City you may have
trouble deciding which to visit. But some of the major ones have gained
their reputations from all the things they offer visitors.
stretches from the Museum Campus at Lake Shore Drive and
Roosevelt Road to north of the world famous Prudential Building.
park is largely the result of efforts by the late Montgomery Ward,
founder of the huge department store chain. Wanting to retain the view,
he lobbied the city to construct Grant Park.
Here you'll find the famed Buckingham
Fountain, spouting happily all
summer long. Located at 301 East Columbus drive it was constructed in
1927 and underwent a nearly $3 million renovation in 1994. With its
four sea horses, it shoots water 150 feet into the air every hour on
a section of Grant Park, is one of the newest
additions, starting life just around the turn of the 21st century.
Under discussion for 20 years prior, the park now offers 25 acres in
the heart of the city bordered by Michigan Avenue to the west, Columbus
Drive to the east and Randolf and Monroe streets on the north and south.
In the park there is ample grassland, modern art and a spectacular view
of the Chicago
skyline. Sculpture and walkways have replaced railroad
tracks and parking lots.
Among the other foremost park offerings is Lincoln Park,
as a small public cemetery in the 1850s. In 1860 a 60-acre section was
created by the city and named after the President following his
assassination in 1865. By 1950 the park had grown to its current 1,208
Situated in the park is a large statue of the Tin Man from the Wizard
of Oz. Author Frank
Baum lived in Chicago around the turn of the 20th
century. There is the Lincoln
Park Boat Club along with all kinds of
sports activities. Also located here is the renowned Lincoln Park Zoo
with hundreds of animals to see.
There is one area whose name could be misleading, but that visitors
undoubtedly want to see: Hyde
Park. Not actually a park, but a
neighborhood, it is chock full of architectural marvels. Frank Lloyd
Wright's Robie House
is here, considered among the finest housing
structures ever built. It sits on what is now part of the University of
Chicago Campus that Hyde Park abuts.
Beginning life in the 1850s near the Illinois Central Railroad,
Park grew rapidly to become one of the premier residential areas.
Extending from 39th to 138th streets, the core is around 53rd and the
lakefront. With dozens of shops and restaurants along tree-line avenues
it makes for a visitors paradise within the bustling city. Nearby is
of Science and Industry.
You won't have time to visit all of Chicago's many parks on a short
visit. But you can
see the great parks and enjoy a relaxing and fun-filled day in any of