Chicago Outdoor Parks

Things to Do — By adimarcial on February 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Chicago is experiencing some lovely warm weather, so shed that winter coat for a few days and enjoy that fresh air! During the winter it is hard to remember that Chicago boasts many wide-open parks with plenty of space to run, walk, play, and have a picnic. Usually I would recommend taking the family to the Millennium Park Ice Skating Rink for the day, but even it has shut down for the warm temps! So, check out these recommended Chicago parks, and enjoy a few hours in the great outdoors, before mother nature remembers it is still actually winter!

Grant Park:
This immense park that runs along the lake hosts major festivals in the summer, but this time of year is perfect for running and biking, or strolling through the gardens while admiring the city skyline and lake front. It is famous for the election of President Obama, Lollapalooza, the Taste of Chicago, protests, and music festivals.

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Millennium Park:
This great park is fun all days of the year. The 24.5 acres of land offer a large outdoor music venue, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the famous “Bean” sculpture, large grassy areas to lay out in, restaurants, and the Ice Rink.

Lincoln Park:
Lincoln Park is perfect for a lazy afternoon. The sprawling grassy areas are great for reading, running, a picnic, and playing freely. The park also has easy access to the lake, ponds, walking paths, the free Lincoln Park Zoo, and a great view of the Chicago Skyline.

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Jackson Park:
Head down to the south side to spend some quiet, relaxing time.  During the summer this park offers a large lake front beach, but you will also enjoy Osaka Garden, which features a traditional Japanese teahouse, rock gardens, reflecting pools, and lushes gardens.

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Garfield Park :
The Garfield Park is nice to wander through, but the true gem is the Garfield Park Conservatory. Take advantage of this grand conservatory during the winter months. It offers six greenhouses and two grand halls that are warm and abundant with plants and foliage. This “landscape under glass” is spectacular on a clear day!

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More parks can be found through the Chicago Park District.

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