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Parks & nature in Chicago

Garden
“Use the Green line Ridgeland stop in Oak Park to get to the Conservatory. It's massive!”
116 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
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
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
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
Park
“Skating ribbon (ice-skating in winter; paved surface in summer); rock climbing; mini-golf.”
74 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
Beach
“Great beach with views of the downtown. There is a solid restaurant on the beach. ”
93 locals recommend
Trail
“Grab and bike or scooter and cruise the 606 bike path which takes you from logan square to west town with lots of little places to stop take pictures and enjoy the views.”
115 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
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
Waterfront
“Take a stroll down the river walk for a brief getaway from all the noise of downtown. ”
37 locals recommend
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 ”
24 locals recommend