Parks & Greenspace

Chicago’s motto is “Urbs in Hortis,” meaning “City in a Garden.” So it’s no wonder we have tons of parks and public greenspace all over the city! Check out some of Chicago’s best parks, beaches, and outdoor spots.

Montrose Harbor: The North Side’s Natural Playground

Montrose Harbor: The North Side’s Natural Playground

Located at the north end of Lincoln Park, Montrose Harbor has a little something for everyone: swimming, fishing, sledding, bird watching, a dog beach, a great restaurant and tons of bunnies!

Fishing in Chicago

A primer on fishing in the Windy City. From snagging in ponds and casting out in the lake to great river spots and even ice fishing, this article will tell you where to get supplies and where to fish once you’ve got ’em.

Sledding in the City

A list of places to get your sled on in Chicago.

Jackson Park: Still Magical

While the grandeur of the Columbian Exposition is now just a footnote in Chicago’s history, Jackson Park hasn’t faded away. The park may be still and quiet, but the magic lingers.

Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery

Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery has a reputation for being the most haunted place in Illinois, if not the country. Learn about the spot’s many legends here, then if you’re brave enough, check it out for yourself!

Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Boardwalk

Amongst skyscrapers condominiums, historic hotels, and the hustle and bustle of one of North America’s most populated cities lies a place of serenity, and inspiration for global change.

The Bloomingdale Trail

The Bloomingdale Trail

Take a trip on the Bloomingdale Trail, one of the best examples of a lost territory, a place that seems to exist outside the context of the rest of Chicago’s urban shuffle.

Chicago’s Green Roofs

Chicago has indeed earned the title of the, “Greenest City in the Nation,” with over seven million square feet of green roofs perched upon public and private property. Green roofs are springing up everywhere — check out some of them here.

Stearns Quarry: A Beautiful Dump

Stearns Quarry is essentially an urban oasis, and one of the best spots on the city for a picnic.

Chicago Dog Parks

Fido wants to frolic around Chicago too, even if he or she is a “city dog.” But where to go? A dog park of course!

Promontory Point Park: Chicago Reimagined

Perhaps the city’s most enchanting feature, Promontory Point Park opened to the public in 1937. It exists as a place where Chicago can be picked up, turned around, flipped upside down and seen all over again with new eyes.

The Chicago Lakefront

The lakefront is a great place to stroll, exercise, eat, get some sun, or even just people watch. Check out these tips for enjoying a day on the lake!

The Painted Forest

Who says trees can’t be blue? Or yellow or orange? The Chicago Park District gave Lake Shore drive a splash of color with this limited-time outdoor art exhibition.

Chicago Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden is a serene and colorful oasis just a few miles from the chaos of the city. Check out our guide to this special Chicago spot.