Category Archives: Special Feature: Parks / Boulevards / Gardens



May 14, 2013: Trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden

I love flowers!!! Spread over 385-acre area, Chicago Botanic Garden is one of my favorite spots in Chicago. It's really a plant museum, with about 26 theme gardens. Some of my favorites being, Bulb Garden, Rose Garden, Sensory Garden, Native Plant Garden and Circle Garden. In this trip, I wanted to enjoy the flowers and also...

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Bronze Bisons - by Edward Kemeys

1893 / Installed: 1911.

Location: Humboldt Park - Formal Garden.

Two bronze versions of American bisons occupy the entrace of the Formal Garden at Humboldt Park. These are reproduced by models sculptor Edward Kemeys made for the grounds of World's Columbian Exposition, 1893. Like the Art Institute's Lions, these two are also...

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Lurie Garden at Millennium Park.

Designed by Kathryn Gustafson, Piet Oudolf, and Robert Israel.

Opened on July 16, 2004.

Location: Southern end of Millennium Park in the Loop area of Chicago.

The 2.5-acre garden is a combination of perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees. The garden features guided walks, lectures, interactive demonstrations, family festivals and picnics.

It is...

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Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool - by Landscape architect Alfred Caldwell

Year Built: 1936-1938

Location: North of Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory.

Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: November 6, 2002.

The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is a serene and beautiful "hidden gem" next to the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory. It was first landscaped in 1889 and designated as a place...
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Figure Fountains and Rose Garden in the Grant Park

Four Figure Fountains: Dove Girl, Turtle Boy, Crane Girl, Fisher Boy - by Leonard Crunelle

Location: North and South of the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain are the rose gardens. These rose gardens have four circular fountains with bronze figures installed in the center of each.

East of S. Columbus...

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Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain

Completed: 1927

Architect: Edward Bennett designed the fountain in conjunction with French sculptor Marcel Loyau and engineer, Jacques H. Lambert.

Location: Columbus Dr. (301 E.) & Congress Pkwy. (500 S.); Chicago, IL 60605.

The Fountain runs from 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, typically from early April through mid-October, depending on weather. Display times are subject to change...

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