Situated at the north end of Lincoln Park and just east of the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Mon Ami Gabi, Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is a serene pond that’s surrounded by lush vegetation and a stone walkway. Designed by landscape architect Alfred Caldwell, the secluded green space is meant to emulate a river twisting through a prairie—a.k.a. an environment of total tranquility. Pack a book, find a spot in the sun and stay awhile.
Can you keep a secret? While we don’t want our favorite lesser-known spots to become overrun with crowds, it’s much more fun to share the wealth. You may be familiar with the best things to do in Chicago, but the following places often fly under the radar for both locals and tourists alike. These hidden gardens, vintage murals and intimate restaurants all deserve some extra love—the kind of things that don’t typically show up in guidebooks. Our picks include a surprisingly affordable prix fixe meal at one of the best restaurants in Chicago, a cocktail bar that doubles as a hair salon and an underground art gallery. So read on to discover the best Chicago secrets you should know about.
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