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Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

#125 of 642 things to do in Chicago Features Animals
Fullerton Avenue, between N. Cannon and N. Stockton, between North Cannon Drive and North Stockon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
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Fullerton Avenue, between N. Cannon and N. Stockton, between North Cannon Drive and North Stockon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an excellent docent who showed us around the lily pool with just enough information to keep us interested but not overwhelm us. It's such a pretty place with a neat history! Admission is free!

Thank Ex3
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

This is such a hidden gem in Chicago. When you walk along the trail, you will be amazed that you are still in a large town. So peaceful.

Thank IndySig
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The lily pool it's a beautiful garden that you can walk all the Way around the Lilly pool and see aquatic life birds and two small waterfalls. It takes maybe 10 minutes to walk all the way around the pool but a pretty place to...More

Thank jocelynd102
Reviewed 17 August 2016

I was disappointed in the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. My fiance wanted to visit it on a weekend trip to Chicago and I thought it sounded nice, so we went. Honestly, I really was not impressed. It wasnt that big and seemed to be poorly...More

Thank Mark A
Reviewed 6 July 2016

Well hidden right in front of you is a good way to describe this gem. With limestone rocks trucked in from Wisconsin, the design is as natural as it gets. Serene and peaceful although it is sharing a fence with the Lincoln Park Zoo. Great...More

1  Thank MRbluegill
Reviewed 3 July 2016

This is a very unique, hidden gem near the Lincoln Park Zoo and a great place for families of all sizes to start before heading into the Zoo or the Lincoln Park Conservatory. The lily pond is lovely to view and you'll find yourself wanting...More

Thank Christopher H
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Over the years I have visited the Lily Pond many times. It is a place of peace and tranquility. As you arrive there are tour guides who offer to give you a free tour of the garden. One day I will take them up on...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 20 June 2016

I just love this hidden gem. Never very crowded... you can find calmness and serenity always in all of the nooks and crannies along the paths. Love the Asian themed architecture and it makes for very good photos. It is one of my fav spots...More

Thank elise l
Reviewed 13 May 2016

The Lily Pool opens in May and stays open until Nov. 3 at dusk. You may enter on Fullerton--it is the rather unobtrusive wooden gate, or inside the zoo. There is a pavilion that is a popular photo opportunity, a waterfall that is a hit...More

2  Thank casabar
Reviewed 30 January 2016

Other than some sounds of the nearby traffic, this place is a wonderful escape perfectly demonstrating Chicago's motto: City in a Garden. While the garden and pool are often described as Japanese-like, they are actually a great example of Prairie Architecture. It does follow some...More

Thank Crystal L
Nearby
Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through
one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park
boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a
free zoo open to visitors year-round. This
pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks,
row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln
Park itself borders the lakefront area offering
peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline.
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