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  • Deidre P
    37 contributions
    Love the park, has a wonderful time walking through it and seeing all of what Chicago has to offer as I walked the loop and enjoyed the places I saw along the way.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • Lindalee S
    Glen Ellyn, IL115 contributions
    I went with friends to an ikebana luncheon. We had a lovely buffet of salmon, chicken stir fry, several salads, fruit, and cookies. Then we watched an Ikebana demonstration with bamboo used as containers and material. Very good food and attentive servers. Very much attention to cleanliness.
    Written 15 March 2020
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  • Irina
    United States9,939 contributions
    Lake Shore East Park is beautiful -- from its vast, green center lawn and cozy shaded alleys with benches and unpretentious-looking fountains to beautiful trees and flowers and tall, slim skyscrapers around it. The park is public, dog-friendly (there's even a separate fenced dog park in this area), excellently maintained, and overall, has a very modern, charming, friendly feel about it.

    Master-planned as the part of the Lakeshore East urban development on about 5 acres of land, the park opened in 2005. The park is actually an inseparable part of this residential area, and it is surrounded by the buildings, that are either luxury condominium skyscrapers, or high-end apartment high-rises, or fascinating townhouses. Some of the skyscrapers are a combination of residencies, businesses and hotels, as for instance, Aqua Tower (also Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel) and St. Regis Chicago Hotel (also a condominium building).

    Lake Shore East Park is so perfectly located in this big city, that it is only several minutes walk from it to many other attractions in the area -- Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Lake Michigan, Lake Shore Drive and Lake Shore Trail, Navy Pier, Chicago River and Chicago River Walk, Magnificent Mile.

    I've been to Lake Shore East Park many times -- and plan to be back any time soon.

    It is a gorgeous, beautiful city park to visit and to relax.
    Written 11 August 2021
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  • Nathan W
    Newport, Australia339 contributions
    We got free skates via the Hilton, and skated away the evening. The rink was devoid of any pushy or show-off skaters to ruin the night for us hopeless skaters! Beautiful city lights give the rink a great atmosphere.
    Written 19 January 2020
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  • Adam P
    Port Saint Lucie, FL377 contributions
    We held an event on one of the rooftops for 150 people. The facility is split into three floors with and indoor bar, outdoor bar and bleachers overlooking the park to see the game. Everyone that attended had a good time and the overall feedback on the event was very positive. I would suggest holding events here in the future!
    Written 6 October 2019
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  • Lincoln D
    Pearl, MS60 contributions
    I grew up in Chicago until I was 12 years. I left the West Rogers Park neighborhood in 1974, when my family moved to Southern California. I have very fond memories of Indian Boundary Park. We would go there all the time as children, since it was only 4 or 5 blocks from our house. We would see the animals that were there. Feed the ducks and the deer. Run around the park with our friends. Ride our bikes there. I visited there recently on a business trip to Chicago. It brought back a lot of wonderful memories. What great parks Chicago has. Indian Boundary Park has a lot of memories. My dad passed away in 1997 at the age of 84. He lived in this neighborhood for a majority of his life. His family moved up to Rogers Park from the South Side when he was a small child. I remember him telling me that he fell thru the ice on the pond at Indian Boundary Park ice skating as a child and almost drowned until someone pulled him out. Like a said, a lot of memories.
    Written 18 September 2018
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  • franc
    2 contributions
    Yes, the Douglas Park is a pretty dangerous park to visit. There are too many gang members dealing drugs on the streets and feral teens prowling around the park. If you decide to visit the park, make sure you go early in the morning and with a group of friends. It’s never a good idea to venture into the Douglas Park alone. Just saying, you know.
    Written 8 November 2020
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  • Melanie B
    1 contribution
    I've been interested in trying out ILKB for a few years now and I'm glad I finally got the chance to become a member with my sister! I've had classes with Peggie and Tae and each time was amazing. Tae goes a little fast when going over the KB combos, but she makes sure to check on each of us and help us until we get the hang of it. Both trainers have great energy and their playlists make the workout even more exciting. It's a comfortable, judgment-free environment from my own experience. You go at your own pace and they always give you modifications for the workouts. The workout will test your endurance and strength- both mentally and physically. If you're looking for a workout that gets your whole body sweating and engaging muscles you didn't even know you had, ILKB is great! Their flexible schedules and quick communication with clients really make the experience even better!
    Written 16 July 2020
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  • hrminella
    Chicago, IL176 contributions
    First off, this place was very nice, the staff was accommodating. My boyfriend made the mistake of buying the Groupon for 2 day passes and thought they could be used for 2 different people on one day. We called and they were totally understanding and allowed us each to use one of the passes. The man who checked us in showed us around the whole gym and and where the walls we could climb on where. There is so much more to do here than just climb and I love it! If I lived closer I would consider buying a membership. Everyone seemed very chill and welcoming yet ready to better themselves. This is such a great place in the middle of the city. The only downside is for people like me who want to climb but did not have the belay certification, which means there was only 6 routes to climb and 2 were shut down for repairs. That being said the ones that were open were great, but more auto belays would be appreciated.
    Written 9 March 2019
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  • Diane K
    Venice, FL3,692 contributions
    We walk by and through this park on our way to breakfast. It has nice paths through it where you can observe the peaceful greenery. It also has a play area for kids.
    Written 12 January 2020
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  • Mandy H
    Nappanee207 contributions
    We purchased our Ivy League Baseball Club tickets in January with a Living Social deal. The location we purchased was 'upgraded' to the address above due to the build of the jumbotron scoreboards on the first base line and the third base line. The view was partially obscured due to the bleacher seats in front of us in Wrigley and the new Budweiser board. However, you could see the majority of play within the baselines and you could view the north jumbotron for replays. The ILBC pipes in the radio commentary and has the video going on the televisions in the covered dining area below.

    The cost for the outing was great as was the service of the food and the bar. Cleanup was ongoing and while the day was hot and hazy, I was only uncomfortable once when the sun and heat got to me. July 5 is a typically hot day, and the selection of drinks and foods were broad and exceeded ballpark standards.

    While I love being inside the Friendly Confines, I could get on board with a rooftops game where the quality of service is as good as it was here at ILBC. Cheers! And, Cubs Win!
    Written 7 July 2015
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  • Allen21096
    Chicago, IL29,714 contributions
    We were looking for something to do in the afternoon, before we took my 4 year old granddaughter home. She had scraped her knee and didn't want to do some of the bouncey or trampoline places, so, we came upon Mini City on 21. It is not warehouse-size huge, but there is plenty of room for play areas, a couple of party rooms, The play area consists of several pretend businesses, i.e. vet, cafe, fire house, store and more. There i s a medium-sized tube slide, a ball pit and even a toddler-sized climbing wall. There are two party rooms and they also have snacks. The play area is secure and fenced off. Parents or guardians are permitted in the play area to observe the tots, but you have to remove your shoes, and you must have socks. If you don't have socks, they have pairs for $2.00. But you can sit outside the play area and you will have a pretty clear and unobstructed view of the play area. The have party packages and have classes for art and more. The charge is only $10 for an unlimited time for the child and there is no charge for the parent or guardian to sit and watch. The staff was very friendly and personable. For us, this could be our go-to place if we run out of adventures for the kids.
    Written 6 December 2019
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  • Annaline
    Park Ridge, IL7,031 contributions
    I visited this park during my lunch. I was surprised how nice it was and how deserted it was. It was a very hot day (about 80 degree) and there was 5 people in the park. Or maybe 5 cars and 10 people (including only one small child). I wonder why it was so deserted? Because it is very nice. It is like a lagoon with several bridges crossing it to get to the sport fields on the central island. A lot of trees and shadows. Very large swimming pool! Tennis courts, Running truck. Basketball courts. Also A field house. There is also a library located on the south side of it. I will come back here for sure. I only hope they clean it more often because (especially the island) it is kind of filthy in some areas.
    This park was especially important to Burnham (the architect) because it was named for his father-in-law, John B. Sherman, the founder of Chicago's Union Stock Yards.
    Written 16 June 2016
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  • beachcruizer77
    Stoughton, WI367 contributions
    A nice clean little park in the middle of the neighborhood with well kept grounds. I'm not sure If go out of my way to come here but if your in the neighborhood, stop by
    Written 18 October 2019
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  • Andrews_Mommy
    Arlington, VA236 contributions
    If you're visiting Chicago with young children this is a MUST VISIT. Kids can run around and play in this play place and parents can relax. We discovered this place by accident while visiting and ended up spending at least 3 hours there every day of our 5 day visit. Staff very friendly. Really a great place for kids to play and parents to play with them or unwind. The staff even gave us take out menus and we had dinner delivered a few times from places in the neighborhood and ate in their "eating area." They have several large indoor slides, a kitchen, a dress up area and many more things to do. Can't remember it all. My son keeps asking when we're going back.
    Written 26 January 2012
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