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Parks and nature in Chicago

Top parks

Garden
“Just a block away, this beautiful space is open 365 days/yr. Its tropical environment is especially welcoming during the chilly winter months.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Pie Shop
“About a 20 minute walk (which is helpful on the way back!) but well worth it. Amazing breakfast/brunch and the best pie I've ever had!”
  • 142 locals recommend
Fountain
“Beautiful site near Lake Michigan on lake shore drive water taxi available during summer months ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Park
“Amazing park, even older kids will probably have a good time since there is a rock climbing wall, mini golf and ice skating in winter. Be careful, it's easy to lose kids here as it is big and there are some large climbing towers. Water features in summer, you might get wet!”
  • 76 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! ”
  • 78 locals recommend
Trail
“running trail with fantastic views of the neighborhood and an incredible park for toddlers (Walsh Park) at the end of the trial. ”
  • 118 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
Garden
“Thousands of plants, from tropical species to seasonal flowers, in a glass-domed structure.”
  • 69 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“Amazing park, even older kids will probably have a good time since there is a rock climbing wall, mini golf and ice skating in winter. Be careful, it's easy to lose kids here as it is big and there are some large climbing towers. Water features in summer, you might get wet!”
  • 76 locals recommend
Park
“If the weather is nice, you'll find people filling up the large green area of the park as well as kids all over the new playground. Street vendors line the corners, and its a great place to relax and read a book! ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Beach
“Thursday evening/night is known for Live house music on the beach deck. Time - 6pm through 10pm”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Right down the street, a beautiful public park with outdoor pool and field house!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“Walk out to the end of the pier to get the best skyline view in the neighborhood”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“The Chicago Architecture Center says, "Designed by Chicago landscape architect Ernest Wong, Mary Bartelme Park is a 1.4-acre recreation ground that provides a much-desired park and playground for younger families flocking to the neighborhood. Mary was the state’s first woman judge. In the late 1890s, she helped establish America’s first juvenile court. Nicknamed “Suitcase Mary,” she provided suitcases filled with clothing and toiletries to women leaving the jail system, and donated her home to establish Mary’s Club, a group home for girls. Her namesake park features three diagonal paths that intersect to create several zones: a children’s play area, a sunken dog park and an open lawn. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Great location perched between Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Dr. and Michigan Ave. in the South Loop of Chicago. Great for walking, jogging or biking. Also home and shared campus of the Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium. Conveniently located near public transit bus stops and Metra Train station stops. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Playground
“Beautiful Peaceful Park. Walking distance. I like to just walk down Ohio or Race. Ohio takes you there directly.”
  • 12 locals recommend

Beaches

Beach
“North Ave beach is only a 15 min walk and is another one of Chicago's favorite beaches. You can catch some of the most picturesque views of the city from here! ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Beach
“Great beach with views of the downtown. There is a solid restaurant on the beach. ”
  • 92 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! ”
  • 78 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. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Beach
“This beach is great for LGBTQ guests. The beach has a great vibe, small restaurant, bathrooms, and some activities are available. This is the place to go if you want to be among the locals in the city.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Beach
“Summer activities include swimming, biking, running, hiking and just plain exploring. You may catch several soccer matches on the nearby fields. There is free parking nearby or the pay lot at the beach. Lifeguards patrol the beach. Bike rentals are here too from Wheel Fun Rentals”
  • 43 locals recommend
Beach
“This beach is known for volleyball and is always fun to watch as well as bike ride or take a run. All the beaches connect one way you will bump into Gold Coast Beach and the other way Fullerton Beach. The views are amazing and always boats out in the summer.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Beach
“Thursday evening/night is known for Live house music on the beach deck. Time - 6pm through 10pm”
  • 19 locals recommend

Trails

Trail
“running trail with fantastic views of the neighborhood and an incredible park for toddlers (Walsh Park) at the end of the trial. ”
  • 118 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.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Trail
“(nearly) 3-mile elevated former rail track for biking, running, and walking. You can rent a Divvy bike nearby many of the entrances.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Skating Rink
“Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon is a seasonal public ice skating surface in the Maggie Daley Park section of Grant Park in the Loop community area of Chicago, which is bounded by Columbus Drive, Randolph Street, Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive.”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“Midwestern prairie ecosystem with expansive pond where visitors can catch glimpses of native Illinois wildlife.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Trail
“The North Branch Trail is a Class I bicycle trail located in northeastern Cook County, Illinois. The trail starts at the western part of Gompers Park in Chicago, and from there it continues north approximately 22 miles (35 km) to Glencoe. The trail follows a path along the North Branch of the Chicago River, the Skokie River and the Skokie Lagoons”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
  • 1 local recommends