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Grant Park

Grant Park is a large urban park in the Loop community area of
Chicago. Located in Chicago’s central business district, the park’s most
notable features are Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art
Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus.

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337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a public park located in the Loop community area of Chicago and originally intended to celebrate the third millennium. The park officially opened in 2004, four years behind schedule. Within the park is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, the Lurie Garden, and various other attractions including Grant Park which hosts Lollapalooza. Because the park sits atop a parking garage and the commuter rail Millennium Station, it is considered the world’s largest rooftop garden.

201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park is a 20-acre public park in the Loop community
area of Chicago. It is near the Lake Michigan shoreline in northeastern
Grant Park.

337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Lincoln Park
Chicago’s largest park, Lincoln Park sits beside Chicago’s lakefront and is named after Abraham Lincoln. A statue of Lincoln (along with many others including General Ulysses S. Grant) can be found in the park. The park also contains the Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Park Conservatory, an outdoor theatre, a rowing canal, the Chicago History Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, and North Avenue Beach.
The Lincoln Park neighborhood features nightlife, dining and entertainment including the revered Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and comedy clubs Up and Second City.
Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, USA
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Montrose Beach

This popular dog-friendly beach draws patrons for its numerous activities including kayaking and volleyball rentals, non-motorized boat launch, and distance swimming at Tower 4. After working up an appetite, visit one of the many food concessions to sate your hunger. Take some time to look around – a natural dune habitat shows thriving endangered plant life, and attracts many migratory birds during the fall and spring.

 

Montrose Beach, Illinois, USA
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Humboldt Park Lagoon

Chicagoans come to Humboldt to enjoy baseball, soccer and tennis, as well as fishing by the lagoon.

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Humboldt Park Lagoon, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Hollywood Beach

Hollywood Beach (recently renamed Osterman Beach for the late Kathy Osterman, the former Special Events Director for the city) is a smaller beach that attracts the local gay community and neighboring residents and features a fishing pier and a gay volleyball league.

Chicago, IL, USA
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Promontory Point

Promontory Point is a man-made peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan. It is located in Chicago’s Burnham Park. The Point was constructed from landfill and by the late 1930s was protected by a seawall or revetment.

5491 S Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60615, USA
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31st Street Beach

Sandy swimming beach, open seasonally, featuring lifeguards, skyline views, concession stands, picnicking and a boat launch.

Chicago, IL 60616, USA
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Peterson Park

Baseball, basketball & soccer are offered at this local park with playgrounds & a game room.

Peterson Park, Chicago, IL 60659, USA
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Hamlin Park Pool

Public swimming pool in Chicago, Illinois.

3035 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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Union Park

Union Park spans 13.46 acres and offers tennis courts, baseball fields, a swimming pool, a playground, an athletic field for football or soccer and basketball courts, as well as a field-house with a theater.

The park hosts events throughout the year including Pitchfork Music Festival, concerts, movie screenings, and more.

N Union Ave, Chicago, IL, USA
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Oak Street Beach

Located right on the shore of Lake Michigan, locals flock to Oak Street Beach for its laid-back atmosphere and unbeatable views of Chicago’s skyline accented by palm trees (the city imports them every year). Play or watch a beach volleyball game and one of the many volleyball nets set up on the sand, or simply lay back and enjoy the people watching.

Oak Street Beach, Illinois, USA
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63rd St. Beach

The 63rd Street Beach features a non-motorized boat launch site. A natural area provides much-needed habitat for migrating birds in the spring and fall seasons.

63rd Street Beach, Chicago, IL 60649, USA
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