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.

Garfield Park Conservatory

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300 North Central Park Avenue

Landscape Art Under Glass...
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Grant Park

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331 E Randolph Street

Chicago's front yard...
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Lincoln Park

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600-5800 North Lake Shore Drive

Lakefront park...
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Jackson Park

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6401 South Stony Island Avenue

Wooded city park...
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Daley Bicentennial Plaza

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337 E Randolph Street

A nice place for a chess match or skating...
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Richard Clark Park

3400 North Rockwell
At Melrose

Green Park...
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Oz Park

2021 N Burling St

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Henry Proesel Park

7001 N Kostner Ave

Parks & Recreation...
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Chicago Park District

541 North Fairbanks No. 4

The Great Outdoors...
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Pulaski Park Fieldhouse

1419 West Blackhawk Street

Pulaski Park's Star Attraction...
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Washington Park

5531 South Martin Luther King Drive

Sports Venue...
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Crystal Gardens At Navy Pier

700 East Grand Avenue
Navy Pier

A Garden Shining Bright...
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Milton Lee Olive Park

500 North Lake Shore Dr

Nice place for a stroll...
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Abbott Park

49 East 95th Street

Near Chicago State University...
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Washington Park Sunken Garden

5531 South Dr Martin L King Drive

Beautifully landscaped park...
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Calumet Park

9801 S Avenue G

198-acre park...
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Bob-O-Link Meadow

5800 South Lake Shore Dr
East of Wooded Island

Secluded wildlife sanctuary on the south side of the city...
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Hutchinson Field Grant Park

235 South Columbus Drive

Big City, Big Park...
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Seneca Park

808 North Lake Shore Dr

Downtown getaway...
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