Picnics, Parks & Gardens in Chicago

Chicago holds some great must-see attractions, but its' fantastic urban landscapes are not to be missed. Lake Michigan is nicely framed by sprawling parks, perfect for walking, running, or laying out with a good book. Soccer and baseball teams are often seen practicing in the open grass areas during the summer months. Millennium Park, situated in the heart of downtown, is the true outdoor gem of Chicago, complete with an outdoor performance space, the infamous "Cloud Gate," gardens, and open space to wander. So, grab a book and blanket and find a quiet grassy knoll to relax in Chicago's great parks.

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Garfield Park Conservatory

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300 North Central Park Avenue

Landscape Art Under Glass... read more

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Grant Park

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331 E Randolph Street

Chicago's front yard... read more

Lincoln Park

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600-5800 North Lake Shore Drive

Lakefront park... read more

Jackson Park

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6401 South Stony Island Avenue

Wooded city park... read more

Daley Bicentennial Plaza

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337 E Randolph Street

A nice place for a chess match or skating... read more

Richard Clark Park

3400 North Rockwell
At Melrose

Green Park... read more

Oz Park

2021 N Burling St

Henry Proesel Park

7001 N Kostner Ave

Parks & Recreation... read more

Chicago Park District

541 North Fairbanks No. 4

The Great Outdoors... read more

Pulaski Park Fieldhouse

1419 West Blackhawk Street

Pulaski Park's Star Attraction... read more

Washington Park

5531 South Martin Luther King Drive

Sports Venue... read more

Crystal Gardens At Navy Pier

700 East Grand Avenue
Navy Pier

A Garden Shining Bright... read more

Milton Lee Olive Park

500 North Lake Shore Dr

Nice place for a stroll... read more

Abbott Park

49 East 95th Street

Near Chicago State University... read more

Washington Park Sunken Garden

5531 South Dr Martin L King Drive

Beautifully landscaped park... read more

Calumet Park

9801 S Avenue G

198-acre park... read more

Bob-O-Link Meadow

5800 South Lake Shore Dr
East of Wooded Island

Secluded wildlife sanctuary on the south side of the city... read more

Hutchinson Field Grant Park

235 South Columbus Drive

Big City, Big Park... read more

Seneca Park

808 North Lake Shore Dr

Downtown getaway... read more
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