Type: Attractions, Gardens, Parks
Burnham Park sits prominently on Chicago's Lakefront, just south of Grant Park. Named for Chicago's famous architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham, the 600 acres begins with Northerly Island and 14th Street Beach. Six miles of walking paths along Lake Michigan make this one of the most beautiful and surprisingly quiet paths. It runs in a narrow strip past Soldier Field and McCormick Place, south to 56th street. It's home to several beaches (located at 12 Street, 31st Street, Oakwood & 57th Street); a 20-square-foot, all-concrete skate park at 34th Street; a model boat pond at 51st Street in Hyde Park, bird sanctuaries and beautiful natural areas.
5491 S. Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60615
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Parks: "For the best place to view Chicago's skyline, both north and south, visit Promontory Point."
Best for Parks Because: Miles to walk, run or bike literally along Lake Michigan, Burnham Park features a model boat pond, skate park and several beaches.