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Parks & nature in Chicago

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.”
124 locals recommend
Fountain
“The fountain is another of Chicago's significant landmarks in the center of Grant Park. Great for a day to walk around and enjoy the day!”
63 locals recommend
Garden
“Use the Green line Ridgeland stop in Oak Park to get to the Conservatory. It's massive!”
116 locals recommend
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 ”
140 locals recommend
Pool
“This 200-acre park has a bit of everything - soccer and tennis courts, a pond with swan paddle boats, and to the west side there's a hill where you can catch a beautiful view of downtown.”
126 locals recommend
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! ”
79 locals recommend
Park
“Skating ribbon (ice-skating in winter; paved surface in summer); rock climbing; mini-golf.”
74 locals recommend
Beach
“Great beach with views of the downtown. There is a solid restaurant on the beach. ”
93 locals recommend
Trail
“If you like to walk, this is a fun outing for you! This is a garden walk on an old elevated train track through a couple of fun neighborhoods.”
116 locals recommend
Garden
“A tranquil place with lots to see. Step outside and catch a glimpse of our amazing skyline!”
63 locals recommend
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. ”
66 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Perhaps the best thing to do when visiting Chicago if the weather permits. The boat architecture tour is amazing, get the sunset cruise tickets.”
70 locals recommend
Beach
“there is free parking here, not many beaches in chicago have that.. plus it has a dog beach, which is always hoppin. lots of grass to play nearby too... watch out for poop. REally cool bar nearby on beach, almost always has live music on thursdays. ”
51 locals recommend
Waterfront
“Take a stroll down the river walk for a brief getaway from all the noise of downtown. ”
37 locals recommend
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.”
80 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“The observation deck of the John Hancock Building. You will have a 360 degree view of our beautiful city.”
52 locals recommend