Northerly Island

Northerly Island, Chicago: Hours, Address, Northerly Island Reviews: 3.5/5

Northerly Island
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6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Livy
World18 contributions
Aug 2021
We LOVED 12th street beach! Minimal crowds despite the airshow. Originally went to a beach further north but left immediately due to crowds and no swimming. Water was clean here, sand was soft. There are bathrooms available. The beach itself is small but cozy. DO NOT eat at the taco place. Charged us $10 each for 2 slices of quesadilla that didn't come with anything it said on the menu. The kid working the register didn't even know what they sold. I had to point out things to him on the menu and his response to almost everything was "uhh...we don't have that, I think". Other than that, great place. Parking is $25 flat rate for a full day.
Written 24 August 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,645 contributions
Jun 2021
Northerly Island is a 91-acre, man-made peninsula along Chicago's Lake Michigan lakefront. The site of Adler Planetarium, east of Soldier Field, Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum, it connects to the mainland through a narrow isthmus along Solidarity Drive, which is dominated by Neoclassical sculptures of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Karel Havlicek Borovsky and Copernicus. With the demolition of Meigs Field, the busiest single runway airport in the United States that was in operation from 1948 to 2003, Northerly Island became a part of the Museum Campus and has been converted into parkland. In fact, Northerly Island is the only lakefront property to be built based on architect Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago. It forms the southern end of Monroe Harbor and the eastern boundary ofd Burnham Harbor. In 2015, a 40-acre park opened on the southern part of the island featuring a concrete trail for walking and bicycle riding, a lagoon and landscaped wildlife habitats for migratory birds and natural wildlife, including monarch butterflies and herons. To make the park as inviting to these animals as possible, over 11,000 shrubs and 400 trees were planted.
Written 13 June 2021
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Dori R
7 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
I live in Chicago and attended my first concert here last night. The venue and concert were great (Beck). It also helped that the weather was perfect. Thankfully, my ticket was given to me free, or I would have had to take a second job. $165 for the ticket; $15 for a can of Miller lite; $17 if you wanted a beer other than Miller or Bud Lite. $7 for a bottle of water. It is a bit of a pain to get to and from. We took the red line to Roosevelt and walked over. Nice walk but at least 20 minutes. My friend insisted on taking a pedicab back to the Roosevelt L stop which I refused to chip in on. I'd rather walk. But she said her treat. Whatever. It was $25 per person just to get back to the red line. $50 and he rode like a maniac running red lights weaving through traffic. Great venue, but I'm too old and cranky to pay these prices. HA!
Written 1 August 2019
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Jerry G
Waukegan, IL15 contributions
Jul 2019
Whether visiting the museum campus or the Hamilton exhibition. Park in the Adler Planetarium lot by 9:30am for the all-day early bird rate...$11.
It's hard to believe the "wilderness" area you are walking was an airport just a few years ago. The welcome center was the airport terminal. In fact , the entire peninsula is man-made. Tons of wildflowers, birds and a pond for fishing. Also an amphitheater and ( temporarily) the Hamilton exhibition.
Written 7 July 2019
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Quetzal2
Chicago, IL70 contributions
Oct 2018 • Business
Many know that the area used to be an airport and is now a park with a concert venue. But did you know that you can hike and bike and, oh my, camp!!! I just did a training at the park. It was beautiful to face the lake and feel as if you were transported to a remote area; then turn around and watch the sunset behind the skyline....serene.
Written 14 October 2018
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ChiTown2Vegas
Chicago, IL279 contributions
Aug 2018
I have seen everything from Lakeshake to G Eazy here and it is a great location!!! Great views for a decent price.
Written 10 October 2018
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WisconsinDad34
Libertyville, IL19 contributions
Jul 2018
A little hard to get to... most likely have to walk a mile and half from Michigan Avenue if you're seeing a concert, but totally worth it!
Written 16 September 2018
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,645 contributions
Sep 2018
Northerly Island is a 91-acre, man-made peninsula along Chicago's Lake Michigan lakefront. It is the site of the Adler Planetarium and once was the site of Meigs Field Airport, which was demolished in 2003. It connects to the mainland through a narrow isthmus along Solidarity Drive that is dominated by Neoclassical sculptures of Kosciuszko, Havlicek and Copernicus. It is part of the Museum Campus and has been converted into parkland which was the original intention of architect Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago. Interestingly, Burnham died in 1912 and his plan never reached fruition. Instead, Northerly Island was the only lakefront structure to be built based on Burnham's plan that called for the creation of a five-island chain between Jackson Park and 12th Street. Northerly Island, which includes an outdoor concert venue, a 40-acre park, a concrete trail for walking and bicycle riding, a five-acre lagoon and a landscaped wildlife habitat, forms the southern end of Monroe Harbor and the eastern boundary of Burnham Harbor. The park is home to many of Illinois' natural wildlife, including migratory birds, monarch butterflies and herons, and has over 11,000 shrubs and 400 trees. To protect inhabitants of the natural preserve, dogs are not allowed in the park. The park offers a panoramic view of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier and Chicago's Skyline.
Written 4 September 2018
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Jenny P
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Jul 2018 • Friends
Fun atmosphere, strong drinks, and AMAZING help accomdating our bachelorette party! The view was amazing on top of all that! Would recommend to anyone who loves margaritas!
Written 28 July 2018
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daniel p
Chicago, IL135 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Formerly Meig's Field airport- Northerly Island is one cool destination just off the beaten path. Accessible via Bettie Coleman drive which is a right turn off Solidarity- the road to the planetarium (didn't know that street was named Solidarity, did ya'?)- this is a park in evolution. Let's talk parking first- skip the expensive museum campul lots and drive past the Huntington Bank pavilion (a great place to see a summer concert by the way) and you will find a City of Chicago Lot off to your right. Don't forget to pay at the kiosk. You've already saved $15 off the museum campus parking rates! Hint: Don't try this during a scheduled concert...and DO NOT TRY to park for free in the Park District/Chicago PD lot on the south side of the old terminal building. It's frequently patrolled and known for strict towing enforcement. There is a path leading into the actual park right in that small city parking lot that heads off to the east (towards the Lake). You are likely to only encounter a hadful of people during your walk. Take in the views of the Lake (you can see all the way to the steel mills in Gary as well as the cooling tower of the Indiana Power Company in Michigan City) or birdwatch- especially during spring and fall migration seasons. The remnants of Meigs remain in the passenger terminal and flight tower- now housing Park District programs and offices. Bonus- there's a gem of a small beach on the lake side of the Huntington pavilion along with a great little taco stand. Spend the money you saved on parking! Final thought? It's an easy Divvy ride from the museum campus!
Written 18 June 2018
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