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Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Site Locations & Hours

Location: 125 W. Fullerton Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614

Hours: Everyday 7:30am-7:30pm or dusk (whichever is sooner) May through October 8.

Entry: The main gate is located on Fullerton Ave. There is also an additional entry gate off of the Lincoln Park Zoo parking lot on Cannon Drive.

  • The Lily Pool is closed on the following dates:

    • 4th of July Weekend – Friday, June 30th through Tuesday, July 4th
    • Air and Water Show Weekend – Friday, August 18th through Sunday, August, 20th
    • Sunday, September 24th from 3 – 5pm
    • Closed for Winter starting Sunday, October 8

The Lily Pool gravel pathway on the east side of the site is partially ADA accessible, and visitors should be aware that the stone pathway on the west side includes some steps up and down. Both sides of the path have a slight incline and decline.

Visitor Information

Events & Photo Permits
Parking

Public parking is available for $28 a day in the lot directly North of the Conservatory at 2391 N Stockton Dr. The lot entrance is on Stockton Drive just South of Fullerton Pkwy. Street parking may also be available on Stockton or Cannon Drives between Diversey and Fullerton Parkways.

Public Transportation

CTA bus service on the 151 Sheridan and 156 LaSalle routes stop near the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and Lincoln Park Conservatory & Gardens at Fullerton Pkwy & Stockton Dr. The 151 and 156 routes also stop adjacent to the North Pond Nature Sanctuary on Stockton Dr. at the Arlington, Roslyn, or Wrightwood Ave stops. CTA bus routes 134 and 143 also stop at Roslyn during certain times of the day.

Divvy Bike Sharing Stations

Nearby stations:

  • Lakeview Avenue & Fullerton Parkway
  • Cannon Drive & Fullerton Parkway
  • Lake Shore Drive & Fullerton Parkway
  • Stockton Drive & Wrightwood Avenue
  • Inner Lake Shore Drive & Diversey Parkway

Visit Divvy Bikes for more information.

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Conservatory & Gardens

Site Locations & Hours

Location: 2391 N Stockton Dr., Chicago, IL 60614

Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, last admission at 4:00 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Reservations are free and required to enter. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up reservations are available on a first come, first serve basis. Bookings to the Conservatory are available up to 30 days out.

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Visitor Information

The Lincoln Park Conservatory is partially ADA accessible, and visitors should be aware that there are steps up and down when entering and exiting the Fern Room.

Parking

Public parking is available for $28 a day in the lot directly behind the Conservatory at 2391 N Stockton Dr. The lot entrance is on Stockton Dr just south of Fullerton Pkwy. Street parking may also be available on Stockton or Cannon Drives between Diversey and Fullerton Parkways.

Public Transportation

CTA bus service on the 151 Sheridan and 156 LaSalle routes stop near the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and Lincoln Park Conservatory & Gardens at Fullerton Pkwy & Stockton Dr. The 151 and 156 routes also stop adjacent to the North Pond Nature Sanctuary on Stockton Dr at the Arlington, Roslyn, or Wrightwood Ave stops. CTA bus routes 134 and 143 also stop at Roslyn during certain times of the day.

Divvy Bike Sharing Stations

Nearby stations:

  • Lakeview Avenue & Fullerton Parkway
  • Cannon Drive & Fullerton Parkway
  • Lake Shore Drive & Fullerton Parkway
  • Stockton Drive & Wrightwood Avenue
  • Inner Lake Shore Drive & Diversey Parkway

Visit Divvy Bikes for more information.

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North Pond Nature Sanctuary

Site Locations & Hours

Location: The 15-acre sanctuary is located in Lincoln Park between Fullerton and Diversey Parkways, and Stockton and Cannon Drives.

Hours: Open Year Round until 11PM

Handicapped Accessibility: The North Pond Nature Sanctuary is handicapped accessible, except for certain mulched shoreline paths and the fly-casting pier.

Visitor Information

Visitor Etiquette

While visiting North Pond Nature Sanctuary, please:

  • No fishing — the pier is for fly-casting practice only.
  • Protect habitat by staying on the paths.
  • Do not pick flowers or remove natural elements.
  • Dogs and bicycle-riding are not allowed on the shoreline nature trails.
  • For their own safety, please keep dogs leashed and out of the water.
  • No swimming or boating allowed.
  • Keep off ice in winter
Why we ask you not to feed the wildlife
  • Feeding birds at the Pond is a fun interaction, but harmful in the long run. Human food is not meant for their digestion, and leftovers attract rodents.
  • Feeding waterfowl can disrupt natural migratory behavior.
  • Feeding ducks and geese increases their numbers and alters the ecosystem. Huge flocks of these birds pollute the water and litter the lawn with their droppings. When birds are crowded, diseases spread more quickly.
  • Birds need natural nutrients from a diet of plants, seeds, and insects. Bread and human food are like junk food, filling their stomachs with unhealthy food that can make them sick. It also discourages birds from foraging for natural food.
  • Feeding causes dependency on people and make birds susceptible to human abuse or harm when they become trusting of everyone they approach.
  • Feeding wildlife makes them bold. When animals lose their natural fear of humans, it causes uncomfortable, even fearful, encounters with park visitors who do not trust or like such close encounters with wild animals.
Parking

Public parking is available for $28 a day in the lot directly North of the Conservatory at 2391 N Stockton Dr. The lot entrance is on Stockton Dr. just south of Fullerton Pkwy. Street parking may also be available on Stockton or Cannon Drives between Diversey and Fullerton Parkways.

Public Transportation

CTA bus service on the 151 Sheridan and 156 LaSalle routes stop near the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and Lincoln Park Conservatory & Gardens at Fullerton Pkwy & Stockton Dr. The 151 and 156 routes also stop adjacent to the North Pond Nature Sanctuary on Stockton Dr at the Arlington, Roslyn, or Wrightwood Ave stops. CTA bus routes 134 and 143 also stop at Roslyn during certain times of the day.

Divvy Bike Sharing Stations

Nearby stations:

  • Lakeview Avenue & Fullerton Parkway
  • Cannon Drive & Fullerton Parkway
  • Lake Shore Drive & Fullerton Parkway
  • Stockton Drive & Wrightwood Avenue
  • Inner Lake Shore Drive & Diversey Parkway

Visit Divvy Bikes for more information.

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Lincoln Monument & Gardens

Site Locations & Hours

Location: In Lincoln Park at North Avenue and Dearborn [North of North Avenue, East of the Chicago History Museum]

Hours: Open year round until 11pm

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Sunshine Playscape

Site Locations & Hours

Location: 2611 N Stockton Dr., Chicago, IL 60614. Located just North of North Pond Restaurant

Hours: Open year round. Park closes at 11PM

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Other Lincoln Park Sites

Other areas or Interest in Lincoln Park

Stretching from Kathy Osterman Bearch on the north to Ohio Street Beach on the south, Lincoln Park is Chicago’s largest and arguably most active green space. Having begun as a 60-acre portion of a public cemetery, the park grew in many phases to its present size of more than 1,200 acres. A diverse group of talented landscape designers architects, engineers, and artists guided the park’s development. Together, their contributions can be seen as a complex lakefront tapestry.

Today, Lincoln Park continues to serve vast numbers of Chicagoans and visitors, providing activities such as boating, fishing, soccer, bicycling, and swimming. With facilities ranging from dog parks and artificial turf fields to beach houses and museums, Lincoln Park offers a richly textured weave of nature, culture, and recreation on the Chicago lakefront.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: https://naturemuseum.org/

Lincoln Park Zoo: https://www.lpzoo.org/

Chicago History Museum: https://home.chicagohistory.org/

Search Other Lincoln Park Sites at the Chicago Park District: https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilitie

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Public Lands Day

September 23 – 10am until Noon

Join your neighbors for a community cleanup and stewardship day in Lincoln Park! Help care for the park we all love!