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Millennium Park, Chicago

The 24.5 acre Millennium Park sits on former industrial land that was controlled by the Illinois Central Railroad from the 1850s until the 1990s. The current park was first conceived in late 1997 with Mayor Richard M. Daley’s vision of turning the area into a new public space for residents of Chicago. The original plan called for a 16-acre park and outdoor music venue in the traditional Beaux Arts style of Grant Park. ...more »

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Lincoln Park, Chicago

Over 1,200 acres of lakeside public park which features a public zoo, conservatory, outdoor theater and the Chicago History and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museums.

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Humboldt Park, Chicago

207-acre public park, designed by noted landscape architect Jens Jensen, provides a perfect setting for outdoor recreation, and features Chicago’s only non-Lakefront sand beach. Humboldt Park is also home to a spectacular Rose Garden and a pair of bronze bison originally cast for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Humboldt Park has lagoons, an historic field house, ball fields -- including a "mini-Wrigley Field" ...more »

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Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, Chicago

The Prairie style masterpiece is a sanctuary for people and wildlife in the heart of the Urbs in Orto. Its design, a tribute to the natural ecology of the Midwest, mimics a river formed by a melting glacier’s flow of water cutting through limestone and includes stone paths, native wildflowers, a wooden pavilion, and a waterfall. Visitors can watch the seasons unfold and on spring, summer and autumn weekends enjoy docent ...more »

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The Midway, Hyde Park, Chicago

The Midway Plaisance, aka "The Midway" has remained essentially a green area and public resource that runs a mile long in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The sunken panels, home now to soccer players and a new ice skating and sports facility, the cross-street "bridges," and the east-west lines of trees, pay homage to Frederick Law Olmsted's original vision.

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Chicago Riverwalk

Built along the southern bank of the Chicago River from Lake Shore Drive to State Street, the Riverwalk offers a unique and visually compelling perspective of downtown Chicago. It's lined with cafes, tour boats, bike rentals and more, and is framed on both sides by the downtown skyscraper canyon. And it's home to Chicago's Vietnam Veterans Memorial, one of the largest in the country. Cool, indeed. http://bit.ly/gUI605 ...more »

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