December 1, 2020

Chicago Park Options

Ronan Park from Lawrence to Argyle on the Chicago River North Branch

While the 606 elevated path, Chicago River Walk and Lake Michigan bike trail will open this week with limitations, lakeside beaches and parks are still off limits. Millennium Park is allowing visitors with masks in groups of ten or less. It was noted that people may NOT touch the Bean.

If you need a park fix with a water view, consider the North Shore Channel Trail which runs along the North Branch of the Chicago River from Lawrence and Francisco avenues north to Green Bay Road and McCormick Boulevard in Evanston. Included in this seven-mile stretch is the new Lincoln Village Pedestrian Bridge at Devon.

Parkland around the Lincoln Park Zoo was recently filled with sunbathers, children playing, dog-walkers and outdoor diners. A really buff guy was also doing very vigorous calisthenics. People-watching can be better than a movie.

Evanston and other north shore suburbs have lakeside parks open to those needing a lake and greenery fix.

Never again will I take our Chicago lakefront and parks for granted!

Lake Michigan in more carefree days

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