What do you think of when you hear "Lincoln Park"? Does your mind conjure up fancy homes, great dining, pub crawls, or boutique shopping? Those things are all true. However, when I hear "Lincoln Park", nature is one of the things that immediately comes to mind. It is the largest of Chicago's many parks, at 1,208 acres and truly helps to define Chicago as a city in a garden!
Its best known asset is the wonderful Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the last free zoo's in America. But one of my favorite places is the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Built between 1890-1895, it was designed by renowned architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee. Here, year round, you can experience amazing flora and fauna, in a setting that takes you back to a different era. This, however, is just the beginning! There is the hidden gem called the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. The formal gardens and promenades. North Pond. South Pond.
South Pond. The board walk surrounding this beautiful body of water is not to be missed! Added just a few years ago, it offers breath taking views, as seen above, that provide an amazing synthesis between nature and architecture. This is one of the key elements that make Chicago such a thrilling destination. Nature and Architecture combine to create an experience like no other. It's all just a short hop from downtown. Amazing!
Have you thought about Lincoln Park in these terms? Have you ever really taken the time to explore the natural element that is so vital to Lincoln Park's identity? Whether your answer is yes or no, why don't you come and explore this space, and so much more, on a Wild Onion Walk today? I promise, you'll be blown away!!!