Chicago may be known for its soaring skyscrapers but locals know it has some of the most amazing and serene green spaces. Sure, Millennium Park may be the city’s crown jewel with Cloud Gate, or 'The Bean' as we call it in Chicago, Crown Fountain, two free ice skating rinks (with the opening of Maggie Daley Park) and music concerts throughout the year and Lincoln Park is home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the country’s oldest (and free) zoos. That’s not the only park where you can see animals. Families love Indian Boundary Park on the city’s north side for its mini zoo with farm animals and its castle playground.
Sports lovers perfect their tennis at Indian Boundary Park while golfers can hit the ball on the course or driving range for a song at Marquette Park.
Garden enthusiasts find peace and tranquility at the Garfield Park which houses the Garfield Park Conservatory, a year-round oasis of greenery.
For those who want miles to walk, run or bike along Lake Michigan but away from the hustle and bustle of the lakefront on the northside, head just south of Millennium Park to Burnham Park which also features a model boat pond, skate park and several beaches.