Sunday, July 19

A day in Lincoln Park

Chicago really is wonderful in the summer. We've been enjoying the strangely comfortable, though on the verge of cool, weather with multiple trips to Lincoln Park. My kids are loving it. Admittedly, we're spending so much time there because we happen to have a free parking pass through the end of the month, so I can't say if our visits will be as frequent come August. But I have to put in a little plug for this area in case you live near here or plan to visit.
Here are some excellent things to do in Lincoln Park that all happen to be FREE and within walking distance of each other.

Green City Market-Wonderful farmers' market with a wide variety of delicious foods to sample, purchase raw to carry home or cooked for lunch on the spot; live music; chef demonstrations and more. Open every Wednesday and Saturday year round. Check out the chefs' recipes section on their website. Yum!

Lincoln Park Zoo-Some very nice exhibits (especially the newest African animal habitats), but we tend to be most attracted to the landscape and the children's climbing structure.

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool-I can't believe we just found this lovely little urban oasis. Where have we been? Prairie-style architecture (nice shaded pavilion for resting, snacking, drawing, etc.) and landscape design, water lily-covered pond, waterfall, and plant and tree lined stone paths with nooks for pond and wildlife gazing. Also seems to be a popular spot for wedding portraits.

Lincoln Park Conservatory-An especially nice escape when the weather turns cool, but beautiful any time of year. Unusual and beautiful varieties of trees, plants, and flowers housed in an 1800s Victorian glass house.

My advice: Head out pretty early in the morning and hit the market first. Snack on some of their offerings (the lamb-mushroom and strawberry-rhubarb hand pies and blueberry mint sorbet were amazing, as were the million varieties of cheese), make your way through the zoo and conservatory, stopping to picnic on the zoo grounds or gardens outside, then take a relaxing stroll through the lily pool, making sure to dip your feet in the cool water at the fall. Be sure to bring your shopping bag and camera!

13 comments:

Mickie said...

Looks like a perfect day!!! Great idea for a Sunday!!!

Sarah said...

If only you would have posted this a few days ago... My husband and I just returned from a long weekend in Chicago. I'll store these ideas away for the next time we go. We were surprised by all the family friendly things Chicago has to offer! We are excited to go back with our kids next time.

moomer said...

Great pictures, as usual! Hope the weather is zoo-worthy next time I'm there...which needs to be soon.

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Jennifer said...

We will be in Chicago the first week in September. Looks like we will have to check it out! Thanks! By the way, how do you make those picture clusters?

Elaine said...

A Chicago blogger! My famly and i live in Scotland in the UK, and have just returned from 2 weeks visiting my brother in law in Chicago, and I am now obsessed with all things to do with the place!! We spent a great day at Lincoln park -what a great city, you are so lucky!!

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