Jackson Park

Jackson Park, Chicago: Hours, Address, Jackson Park Reviews: 4/5

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Alex B
Providence, RI728 contributions
Unless you really love history...
Sep. 2019 • Solo
If you’re a casual traveler who is staying in the Loop and doesn’t have major preferences about what you see in the city, I would actually say Jackson Park probably isn’t worth the trip. I made the half-hour bus ride down to the park because I’m a history buff, and Jackson Park is historically significant as the fairgrounds of the famed 1893 World’s Exhibition. While this was once the hub of international cultural exchange, today there really isn’t anything there in the park itself to do besides stroll around. Local habitat restoration is underway, particularly on the Wooded Island (which I walked around on), and while it’s important to have good habitat in an urban area, it makes the park look unkempt and neglected. Finally, the South Side of Chicago does have a bad reputation, and as a solo traveler there were a couple times I walked by people sitting on benches in shaded areas and felt a little uneasy. If you do decide to see the park, bring a friend and definitely visit in daylight, and be sure to see the Palace of Fine Arts Building and the Japanese Garden, the only two extant relics of the World’s Fair. You can have a perfectly fulfilling visit to Chicago without seeing Jackson Park, though.
Written 2 November 2019
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Dashers2014
Cambridge, UK607 contributions
Very nice and serene
Jul. 2019 • Couples
Lots of beautiful lawn. Some water and a little island nearby too. Great place to walk and admire nature. There are places to play football, golf and there are two kids play areas too.
Written 4 July 2019
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classicdj
Florida520 contributions
A Great Statue from the World’s Fair
Jun. 2019 • Family
The Republic Statue sits in a traffic roundabout, so it’s a little hard to get to by foot. There was little traffic when we visited, so no big deal. Up close, she looks great. A fine replica of the original from 1893.
Written 28 June 2019
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Richard M
Lithgow, Australia87 contributions
Statue of the Republic
May 2019 • Solo
Not easy to get to by CTA - about 35 minutes walk from Cottage Grove on the green line. I think the statue is well worth the effort. Also an interesting walk on the south side of Chicago through "Leroy Brown" territory. The statue faces east and is best photographed in the morning.
Written 17 May 2019
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL6,617 contributions
Lots of history in Jackson Park
Sep. 2018
Jackson Park was first developed in 1893 as the host site for the World's Columbian Exposition, or the Chicago World's Fair. In a six-month period, it drew millions of people to the Chicago lakefront. Today, the event is memorialized by the Statue of the Republic, a replica 1/3 the size of the original, and the Museum of Science and Industry, the only surviving "palace" in the park from the World's Fair era, and a Japanese Garden. Jackson Park, located at 6401 South Stony Island Avenue in the Woodlawn community on Chicago's South Side, covers 542.89 acres and extends into the Hyde Park and South Shore neighborhoods. Bordering on Lake Michigan, it is named after Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States. The park, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, includes woodland trails, two walking trails, two basketball courts, playing fields, a beach, an 18-hole golf course and a boat harbor. It is the potential future site of the Barack Obama Presidential Center and Library. Connected to Washington Park by the University of Chicago's Midway Plaisance and to Grant Park by Burnham Park, Jackson Park is home to two dozen species of birds. The 63rd Street beach is a popular destination for sun-bathers. The golf course, which opened in 1900, was the first public golf course in the Midwest.
Written 6 September 2018
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Matt P
Gainesville, VA1,211 contributions
History of Chicago
Aug. 2018 • Family
Jackson Park is right next to the Museum of Science and Industry. Garden of the Phoenix was lovely and very well maintained. Skylanding, Yoko Ono's sculpture was also beautiful. Don't miss the Statue of the Republic - beautiful and nicely maintained.
Written 19 August 2018
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Samantha B
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Jackson Park was supposed to be the highlight of my visit...
Mar. 2018 • Solo
This park was once home to the World Exposition and is an important piece of Chicago's history, however, it is not treated like it. There was trash everywhere, and parts closed for construction, that looks like it had clearly been forgotten about. It was barren and very disappointing. It was obvious by the overgrown shrubs and unruly plant beds that this park is not well maintained or cared about, which is a shame. It is also important to note that this park is not in the best part of town, so be mindful when traveling there.
Written 22 March 2018
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jmccar45
Evanston, IL3 contributions
Jackson Park
Sep. 2017 • Couples
I had never been to Jackson Park and was interesting in seeing the Wooded Island and the Animal Bridge. To get to the north bridge to the Wooded Island you need to walk in from the West side. Park along Stony Island or the Midway Plaisance and head East. First we tried to park on the East side by the Museum Shores Yacht club (Science Drive off of LSD) there was plenty of parking there but the walk to Wooded Island is blocked off by a fence. They are still doing some cleanup in that area, so park on the West side. We did not try and walk in from the south end of the Island - that might be another good way to get to it. The Garden of the Phoenix was lovely and very well maintained. Skylanding, Yoko Ono's sculpture was also beautiful. We were able to listen in on a docent giving a tour to a student group and it was interesting to hear the story about it. There was no signage that it was Skylanding but it was only installed about 6 months ago so hopefully that will happen in the future. We also went to the south end of the park to see Animal Bridge which is where LSD crosses over the inlet to the Jackson Park inner harbor, right before E Marquette Drive. This bridge was designed in 1903 by my great-grandfather, Peter J. Weber. It was nicely renovated and re-dedicated in 2003. We parked in the non-motorized boat launch parking lot off of E Hayes drive and took the walking path south that runs along the West side of LSD. There was not much path left but it was a short walk along the grass. It was nice to finally see the bridge in person, a few of the animal heads are covered in ivy but the center ones are easily viewed. Hopefully this south end of the park will get some attention soon in terms of its walking path and landscaping. Don't miss the Statue of the Republic - beautiful and nicely maintained. Part of the enjoyment was meeting other people in the park that were also there for the first time or the first time in many years. We also met a local resident that was so welcoming and willing to share some of the history and took great pride in the park.
Written 24 September 2017
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MrSaturn64
Philadelphia, PA349 contributions
Japanese Garden
Aug. 2017 • Family
Jackson Park, right next to the Museum of Science and Industry, was just about empty, and had the lovely Phoenix Garden, which was a classic Japanese garden. I don't know much about this park because it was empty and had virtually no signage, but the garden was a lovely place to end the day.
Written 5 August 2017
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Christopher H
Dallas, TX218 contributions
Under Renovation for Over a Year
Jul. 2016 • Solo
This park has so much potential as the site of the White City at the World Exposition. It could probably be one of the most beautiful places in Chicago - if the city would let us enjoy it. The Wooded Island with the Osaka Garden is completely closed and has been for nearly a year and a half. Even the grounds around it have fell into horrible states of disrepair. There is even a bridge that is completely fenced off and looks like it has been turned into a makeshift landfill. As you walk around what was once a beautiful green space, you are in shock as to how the city has let it decline. The so-called "renovations" have been allegedly happening for over a year now and it still looks like a deforested prison camp with all of the fences, trash and demolished trees and flowers. The landscape maintenance here is the poorest I have ever seen in a park. I don't think they tell you that the Osaka Garden is closed on the Park District website or even that it is under "renovation." So keep all of this in mind if you are thinking of going there.
Written 16 July 2016
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