In a city known for its summertime activities, it should be no surprise that there are a plethora of parks for your outdoor entertainment. The Windy City has small neighborhood parks and large internationally known ones. You have your choice, so we have helped to discover which one suits your desires best. If you are looking for great neighborhoods in which to live in Chicago, try checking out this blog from Redfin.
The centerpiece of the downtown Chicago structure, Grant Park sits directly next to the famous Millenium Park (home of the famous Bean). Home of the Obama Presidential election party in 2008 and 2012, this park is world famous. It also hosts Lollapalooza every summer. Feel free to use their huge green spaces for a picnic but you will need to call the city in order to rent a covered pavilion (312) 742-3918. They have Daly park available on the north end and the museums to the south.
Address: 331 E. Randolph St. (Columbus Drive) Chicago, IL 60601
In the famed Wicker Park neighborhood, where rock music meets delicious burritos, this small, triangle shaped park on the northeast end has it all. Nearly 5 acres of space and with rentals available for the covered pavilions, you can book through the city’s website. This park is the eastern end of The 606, the new(ish) elevated park that runs west-east along a former train track.
Address: 1425 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, this Wizard of Oz themed park has long been a favorite of locals. It is only a ten minute walk to the beach or shorter to bars and restaurants. There are local baseball and softball leagues here and no rentals. So pack a lunch and head for a picnic.
Address: 2021 N Burling St, Chicago, IL 60614
Located to the west of The Loop, this staple of the west side is a critical part of the Latin community in this zone of Chicago. The 606 also runs right above Humboldt Park and loverlooks it on the northern end, with some great views. The Pink Line also connects this park to the rest of the city. They have fields and party spaces available for rent.
Address: 1400 N Humboldt Dr, Chicago, IL 60622
To the west of downtown, and not a far trip on the Green Line, lies this park that holds a summer music festival every year: Pitchfork. There are rental spaces available here as well.
Address: 1501 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60606
Right along Lake Michigan, this legendary park has golf courses, rental areas for picnics, and amazing lake views. This park is enormous and houses one of the highlights of the city of Chicago, the entirely free, Lincoln Park Zoo. The 1,200 acres are lovely but there are no rental options available. You can however set up a Spike Ball or run along the path.
Address: 500-5700 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
Home of the Chicago Museum District, this park is absolutely enormous and is near Soldier Field. With 540 acres, this park is perfect for an afternoon stroll, as it resides right next to Lake Michigan. There is a beach and indoor/outdoor fitness facilities as well as myriad gardens. Feel free to rent their multi purpose clubhouse rooms.
Address: 6401 S Stony Is Ave, Chicago, IL 60637