Take a break from the city – without even leaving. When campus starts to feel cramped or downtown makes you a little crazy, take advantage of the many parks Chicago has to offer. Go beyond the Lakefront Trail and Grant Park for a more secluded stroll along the lake or discover a picnic place tucked away in Andersonville. Windy City Secrets visited three parks great for walking, reading, working out, or simply enjoying the fleeting autumn weather.
For a small, quiet, beachfront park, look no further than Howard Beach Park. Next to a little playground, this area is dog and kid friendly, but it rarely gets crowded. Continue down Eastlake Terrace for a beautiful walk full of ivy-covered homes and scenic lake views.
Between Andersonville and Ravenswood lies Winnemac Park. This park is full of sprawling fields and mini-baseball diamonds. There are plenty of picnic tables, benches, and the best of Chicago’s fall landscape.
Head to the city’s far north side to Evanston where Dawes Park offers a calming balance of greenery and lakefront scenery. This park is accompanied by a comforting, community feel with campsite-style grills and pop-up food stands.
We know there are more! If you have a favorite, hideaway park you would like to share, take a fall-time photo and tag us on Instagram, @windycitysecret. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook to be the first to know about upcoming secrets!