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Top garden recommendations from locals

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“All of your guidebooks will tell you about the Bean, the Skydeck at Willis Tour and Wrigley Field. This is a real gem and completely off the radar. Either take an Uber or use the CTA trains. Please note the area surrounding is a tad rough.”
  • 123 locals recommend
Garden
“Botanical garden with thousands of plants, from tropical species to seasonal flowers, in a glass-domed structure.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Park
“The Wizard of OZ theme holds true with the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy, and Toto statues. The park features such Oz-ified amenities as a playground called Dorothy’s Playlot and a volunteer green space known as The Emerald Gardens. Entrances are at intersections of W Webster & N Orchard (statue of Dorothy) and intersection of N Lincoln Ave, N Larrabee St., and W Webster (statue of the Tin Man).”
  • 42 locals recommend
Garden
“This library is so big, they named an el platform after it! Eight stories worth of books, electronic media, and events are just a few Pink Line stops away.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Garden
“Gorgeous indoor jungle worth a visit. Great for a rainy day activity. Conveniently located right off the Green Line.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Garden
“100 year old conservatory offers a great place for a picnic and area for kids to run around.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Garden
“The garden is a combination of perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Garden
“Even if you're not a reader. This library is a great place to see and accessible by "L".”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Local veggies and artisanal foods (Saturdays, during the summer only) are only a 12 minute walk away. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
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“Cafe chain serving creative breakfast dishes & sandwiches in a cheery, contemporary atmosphere.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Garden
  • 2 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“Measuring 126 feet 10 inches (38.66 m) in length, the sculpture was inspired by Henry Austin Dobson's poem, "Paradox of Time.” With its 100 figures passing before Father Time, the work was created as a monument to the first 100 years of peace between the United States and Great Britain, resulting from the Treaty of Ghent in 1814.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Portage Park is a huge, beautiful park with an amazing outdoor pool and a water playground for kids. Free and open to the public.”
  • 1 local recommends
Garden
“The 74 Fullerton bus connects you to the Blue Line train. You can be downtown Chicago in about 30 minutes with this route.”
  • 1 local recommends
Garden
“A beautiful little walk amongst community murals and gardens. Near LoRez and Lacuna lofts! Free yoga and meditation, check it out on Facebook.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“Nearby entrance to the 606 - start here and go west for a decently long jog, or just people watch for a while!”
  • 1 local recommends