Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

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Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
4.5
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7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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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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yuanwai
Chicago, IL233 contributions
Jun 2022
A Frank Lloyd Wright inspired garden, in the middle of the city, by the lake. Just a fantastic place to visit and sit around. One of the quintessential part of Chicago!
Written 6 June 2022
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chr0429
Chicago, IL53 contributions
Nov 2021
Nice walk and best to go in summer when everything is green. It was late fall when we went but we still enjoyed it.
Written 20 April 2022
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Rodrigo V
Guadalajara, Mexico377 contributions
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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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,645 contributions
Sep 2020
Image a lily pond designed by Alfred Caldwell and influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, Jens Jensen and Marlin Perkins. Then visit Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Chicago. Located at 125 West Fullerton Parkway, between North Cannon Drive and North Stockton Drive, in Lincoln Park, next to the Lincoln Park Conservatory, north of Lincoln Park Zoo, the three-acre plot with lily pond and gardens is a picturesque oasis and an important example of Prairie School landscape architecture. Originally built in 1889, the hour-glass shaped pond had fallen into ruin by the 1930s and landscape architect Alfred Caldwell was hired to completely redesign this area of Lincoln Park in 1936-1938. He began by planting thousands of plants transported from Sauk County, Wisconsin. From 1926 to 1931, Caldwell worked for landscape artist Jens Jensen, whose influence is evident in the Sun Opening, the curving walkways, the meandering, stepping-stone limestone paths and circular benches. Frank Lloyd Wright's influence is seen in the Fullerton Parkway Gate. In the early 1950s, Lincoln Park Zoo director Marlin Perkins transformed the Lily Pool into a water exhibit featuring exotic birds and water fowl. The Lily Pool was designated a Chicago Landmark in 2002 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark in 2006. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from mid-April to mid-November with free docent tours available to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Written 2 October 2020
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ace4444
Fairfax, VA671 contributions
Sep 2020
We were here on a dreary day for a small wedding gathering. The staff was very helpful and the rain stopped in time for the set-up and ceremony. Clean and well-maintained. Will be back on a sunny day to just hang out a bit.
Written 17 September 2020
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sjoh1963
Woodridge, IL74 contributions
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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Keenomanjaro
Croydon, UK181 contributions
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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samanthajfindlay
Cazenovia, NY391 contributions
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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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,645 contributions
Aug 2019
The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, also known as the Lincoln Park Lily Pool, was developed in 1936-1938. Located at 125 West Fullerton Parkway, between Stockton and Cannon Drives in Lincoln Park, north of the Lincoln Park Zoo and next to the Lincoln Park Conservatory, it is an important example of Prairie School landscape architecture and represents one of Caldwell's most fully realized designs with the Sun Opening or clearing, curving walkways and meandering, stepping-stone limestone paths and circular benches. Frank Lloyd Wright's influence is represented in the organic architecture of the shelter and the Fullerton Parkway Gate, a prairie-style entryway into the property. In the 1950s, under Lincoln Park Zoo director Marlin Perkins, the pool was transformed into a water exhibit featuring exotic birds and water fowl. From 1998 to 2002, the 2.7-acre Lily Pool underwent a major restoration by the Chicago Park District and the Lincoln Park Conservancy. It was designated a Chicago Landmark in 2002 and added to the National Register of Historic Places and listed as a National Historic Landmark in 2006.
Written 23 August 2019
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dmblnd74
465 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Great walking, meditation, yoga, reading, date, etc. place. This is a delightful little park with plenty of nature to appreciate and habitat to turtles, Chipmunks, butterflies, song birds (just the critters enjoying their day while we walked though that day).
Written 18 May 2019
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