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Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

#119 of 649 things to do in Chicago Features Animals
Fullerton Avenue, between N. Cannon and N. Stockton, between North Cannon Drive and North Stockon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
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Fullerton Avenue, between N. Cannon and N. Stockton, between North Cannon Drive and North Stockon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

This is a very unique, hidden gem near the Lincoln Park Zoo and a great place for families of all sizes to start before heading into the Zoo or the Lincoln Park Conservatory. The lily pond is lovely to view and you'll find yourself wanting...More

Thank Christopher H
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Over the years I have visited the Lily Pond many times. It is a place of peace and tranquility. As you arrive there are tour guides who offer to give you a free tour of the garden. One day I will take them up on...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 20 June 2016

I just love this hidden gem. Never very crowded... you can find calmness and serenity always in all of the nooks and crannies along the paths. Love the Asian themed architecture and it makes for very good photos. It is one of my fav spots...More

Thank elise l
Reviewed 13 May 2016

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...More

2  Thank casabar
Reviewed 30 January 2016

Other than some sounds of the nearby traffic, this place is a wonderful escape perfectly demonstrating Chicago's motto: City in a Garden. While the garden and pool are often described as Japanese-like, they are actually a great example of Prairie Architecture. It does follow some...More

Thank Crystal L
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Not widely known or visited even though the entrance is located on Fullerton just outside the north end of the zoo, A group of us helped to keep flies off an injured duck while arranging veterinary care. It was a severe enough inury to believe...More

Thank DougTally
Reviewed 1 December 2015

Out-of-town guests never fail to be amazed when we take them into this secluded oasis, a block from busy Lake Shore Drive and in the shadow of the Lincoln Park Zoo, off of Fullerton. Designed by the great landscape architect Alfred Caldwell, this lily pond...More

Thank Jim P
Reviewed 20 November 2015 via mobile

This hidden treasure is right by Lincoln park zoo and the Lincoln park conservatory. It's a small loop around a pond with plenty to see. A couple of places to sit too. Better to visit during the summer months, but it's both fun to go...More

Thank Rachel O
Reviewed 3 November 2015

Another free thing to check out within Lincoln Park after seeing the zoo and conservatory is this small man made lily pond. You can enter off of Fullerton as it is located north of the zoo. It's rather small so not somewhere you would go...More

Thank James I
Reviewed 17 October 2015

Just north of the Lincoln Park Zoo lies the recently renovated Alfred Calwell Lily Pool. Its entrance is on Fullerton Ave, a short distance east of Stockton Drive. It's tranquility defined amid the hustle and bustle of people going to the beach, the zoo and...More

1  Thank Hugh C
Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through
one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park
boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a
free zoo open to visitors year-round. This
pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks,
row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln
Park itself borders the lakefront area offering
peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline.
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