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Garden
“What a place to take a stroll in any weather! Huge conservatory with beautiful mature plants, seasonal showroom and a children's play area. ”
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Fountain
“A Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park and one of the largest fountains in the world!”
68local recommendations
Pool
“207-acre park with picturesque pond and boathouse. For some water adventures: rent peddle swans or canoes in the summer. To keep the adventure on a wheels: you can rent different bikes to see the park from a different view. I tend to visit the park early. During the weekend there are a ton a baseball, soccer games and family gatherings. Be sure to stay safe and stay in well lit areas. ”
126local recommendations
Beach
“Younger scene, has bar that looks like titanic on beach, nearby Chicago Downtown activities. If you go North the beaches get cleaner and nicer and less crowded.”
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Pie Shop
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“Brunch time! What about some delicious biscuits? So buttery and decadent or maybe a slice of pie? Key lime pie definitely my favorite, Ben always disagrees but he is more a chocolate person. Everything is made from scratch, it can’t go wrong. Enjoy the outdoor seating during warm season, on colder weather expect a long waiting to be able to sit inside so be prepare or why not ask for to go? Walking: 15 minutes Bike: 5 minutes Ride: 4 minutes ”
141local recommendations
Park
“Skating ribbon (ice-skating in winter; paved surface in summer); rock climbing; mini-golf.”
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Beach
“Great beach with views of the downtown. There is a solid restaurant on the beach. ”
96local recommendations
Beach
“Looking for a day for some fun in the sun? Enjoy Oak St beach right down the way, go get some sand in your toes! ”
79local recommendations
Trail
“Unique walking, running and bike trail which takes you through neighborhoods in Chicago.”
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Trail
“Known as the 606, this is a pretty cool activity if you like to get out and walk. Some great views of the city.”
81local recommendations
Park
“Part of Burnham Park, this scenic peninsula & picnic spot juts into Lake Michigan and provides sweeping views of downtown. Pack a lunch or pick up something in Hyde Park and enjoy an afternoon on the Third Coast.”
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Garden
“A tranquil place with lots to see. Step outside and catch a glimpse of our amazing skyline!”
65local recommendations
Waterfront
“Take a stroll down the river walk for a brief getaway from all the noise of downtown. ”
40local recommendations
Science Museum
“Not really a zoo, but has two awe inspiring live exhibits, butterflies and tropical birds. Lots of fun kid activities. Short walk from Lincoln Park Zoo, houses the winter farmers market every other Saturday morning from Oct. thru April. By North Pond, a great birding spot in spring and summer. ”
69local recommendations
Boat or Ferry
“One of Chicago's foremost touring companies for lake and river cruises. They offer a variety of tour types/lengths, a few even departing from their Navy Pier location. If you're going in spring or fall, be sure to dress warmly, the wind will definitely make you cold!”
70local recommendations
Park
“Features and Layout of Grant Park 1. Millennium Park 2. Maggie Daley Park. 3. The Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley. 4. Buckingham Fountain. 5. Congress Plaza. 6. Petrillo Music Shell. 7. Museum Campus. 8. Art Institute of Chicago. 9. Hutchinson Field. 10. Chicago Lakefront Trail. 11. Marinas and Harbors. 12. Skate Park in Grant Park. For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com ”
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