The Best Parks in Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood

Author: Lauren Ross

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Chicago has a lot of municipal parks around the city, each one unique in its own way. The historical district of Hyde Park has three beautiful community parks within it, all in walking distance of nearby Hyde Park, Kenwood, and University of Chicago apartment homes. If you’re thinking about moving to Hyde Park, Chicago, you should begin to familiarize yourself with all of its major attractions and charming attributes. Below are three of the best (and prettiest) public parks you’ll find in Hyde Park.

Jackson Park

Jackson Park is a gorgeous 600 acre green space that borders Lake Michigan. The park, named after U.S. President Andrew Jackson, was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in the late 1800’s. The World’s Columbian Exposition was held inside Jackson Park in 1893. The Museum of Science and Industry building as well as the Statue of the Republic replica are left as reminders of the expo. The replica is about one-third the size of the original sculpture and now sits at the park’s south end near the inner harbor.

The park is home to lush landscaping and many recreational facilities. The Wooded Island contains the Osaka Garden, a tranquil garden built to commemorate the bond of friendship between Japan and Chicago in 1893. Located in the middle of two lagoons, the garden’s Zen features include beautiful bonsai trees, native shrubberies, gates, a babbling waterfall, and footbridge. Birdwatchers can stroll one of several walking paths to view 24 species of birds that live in the park.

While it’s still warm out, park-goers can take advantage of the lakefront beach at 63rd Street Beach, driving range, 18-hole golf course, and basketball courts. The Chicago Lakefront Trail runs through Jackson Park.

Washington Park

Sites to see at Washington Park include the DuSable Museum of African American History, Fountain of Time, and the arboretum. The park was named after U.S. President George Washington and is the largest of four Chicago parks with that surname.  Built in 1870, the park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

Washington Park is conveniently located near University of Chicago apartments for rent. Park-goers can enjoy early-morning fishing at the lagoons, bicycle paths, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and tennis courts. The park has a community swimming pool and cricket leagues.

The Midway Plaisance is a one-mile long park that connects Washington Park with Jackson Park.

Burnham Park

Burnham Park is just south of Grant Park with 600 acres of green space and six miles of lakefront shorelines. The park was named after Daniel H. Burnham, a lead architect for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Soldier Field Stadium and McCormick Place Convention Center call Burnham Park home.

The Chicago Lakefront Trail and pristine natural surroundings are just a few of many perks that Burnham Park has to offer.  Park-goers can also enjoy monuments, walking trails, the McCormick Bird Sanctuary, and a skatepark.

Promontory Point is the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic, as it boasts amazing views of Lake Michigan, Hyde Park, and Downtown Chicago.