Off the Beaten Path

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!

4 thoughts on “Off the Beaten Path

  1. I’ll check out one of these on my next run. Do these parks have bathrooms? When a girl has gotta pee, a girl has gotta pee.

  2. Hey Gayle, Dawes Park does have a bathroom! Be sure to let us know what you think of the park after your next run!

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