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Parks: Named for President Andrew Jackson, Chicago's Jackson Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who included reflecting pools and perennial gardens in his design when it opened in 1893. Situated on the south side, the stunning 500+ acre park is home to over two dozen species of birds, several lagoons which have become popular fishing spots and the hidden Osaka Garden on the Wooden Isle features a teahouse and several rock gardens. The Park also has a golf course, French statues, beautiful and large trees and foot bridges. It's a beautiful, serene and relaxing park perfect for relaxing, a leisurely drive, a run or to or to bike through.

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Local Expert Megy Karydes Says:

Parks: "Parking is metered but plentiful if you come early enough."

Best for Parks Because: Jackson Park features lagoons, a golf course and Osaka Garden. Once you arrive, you'll feel miles away even if you're just a few minutes away.

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