Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
4.5
Bodies of WaterNature & Wildlife Areas
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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Keenomanjaro
Croydon, UK179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Just a short walk from Lincoln Park Zoo and its parking lots, this is a lovely little oasis of calm, centred around an attractive ornamental lily pond. It's a very picturesque spot with plenty of greenery and a smattering of wildlife, including two black crowned night herons, which we saw poised on the edge of the pond, trying to catch fish. We were greeted by a very friendly lady who explained a bit about the pool and Alfred Caldwell and seemed genuinely interested as to why we'd decided to visit and what else we had planned on our tour of the States. Unfortunately, she neglected to tell us that the pool was closing imminently due to a private function, so we only ended up with a brief visit here, although this was enough to enjoy the serenity and peace from the busy city.
Written 14 January 2020
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sjoh1963
Woodridge, IL94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We often visit the gardenand pool to just have a time to walk slowly and take in the beauty. It is a great place to visit when you want to slow down and reflect. Also a wonderful location for beautiful pictures.
Written 31 January 2020
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Tochi4ever2000
Amherst, NY129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013
Considering that it was free (except for the parking, the first 30 minutes are free at the Zoo parking) it was a must see place. It was nice to see the variety of wild flowers, native flowers, water fountain, lilies, people taking professional pictures for weddings, etc. beautiful and relaxing.
Written 24 August 2013
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catlapinski
Dearborn Heights35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2012 • Couples
If you are looking for a beautiful, unspoiled, clean place to collect your thoughts visist the lily pool. There are turtles, ducks, fish, and best os all...quiet. My husband and I stayed for an hour and only saw two other people walking through. It is not croweded so take your time and enjoy. This would be a great photo shoot for engagement or wedding photos. Incredible place for nature photographers and anyone looking for some peace and quiet. There are some very intersting and beautful landscaping features. Definately worth the visit.
Written 12 September 2012
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NormChicago
Chicago29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Friends
A National Historic Landmark – This hidden garden designed in the Prairie style has stone paths, native plants, a waterfall, pavilion and council ring. Alfred Caldwell was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and Jens Jensen. Docent led tour are available on Friday and Sunday afternoons and Saturday from 9:00 to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Lily Pool is open from May thur October.
Written 23 August 2012
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Rodrigo V
Guadalajara, Mexico414 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
If you are around the Lincoln Park Zoo then it's a good idea to visit this Pond, sit down for a little bit to breathe for a second, take a picture and go on with your daily activities.
Written 16 June 2021
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samanthajfindlay
Cazenovia, NY387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is a nice quiet place in Lincoln Park. Right next to the zoo. When we were there we had the place to ourselves which was great. Free to get in.
Written 8 October 2019
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casabar
Austin, Texas145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
The Lily Pool opens in May and stays open until Nov. 3 at dusk. You may enter on Fullerton--it is the rather unobtrusive wooden gate, or inside the zoo. There is a pavilion that is a popular photo opportunity, a waterfall that is a hit with small children, and various nooks and crannies that are popular with people seeking privacy for a picnic or a quiet conversation. There are guides at the Fullerton entrance who will enthusiastically tell you about the Caldwell design and the plantings in the garden. Nice break from the crowds at the zoo.
Written 13 May 2016
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jjctraveler
Chesterfield, MO3,926 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
If you are visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo or conservatory the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Park is like a secret garden. You enter off Fullerton or Cannon Drive North of the Zoo and across from the Notebaert Nature Museum. You can walk through the park in 10 minutes, or linger and take in the tranquility for an hour. It’s not unusual to see small picnics, artists and photographers all in the park. While wheelchair bound tourists can view the park from the entrance on Fullerton, the short trails have steps and uneven rocks so it is really not handicapped accessible.
Parking is horrible, it’s best to take mass transit, there are main bus lines within a block of the park. There is free parking in Lincoln Park, but the streets are narrow and congested and there can be real fights for street parking on busy weekends. Pay parking is very expensive and can also fill up rapidly.
Written 1 October 2014
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saf51
Chester, UK311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
We intended to stay 15 minutes and spent a good hour and half here watching the dragon flies and butterflies over the pond. It is very peaceful and beautiful-my favourite place in Chicago.
Written 15 June 2014
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