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Milton Lee Olive Park, Chicago

4.8
#20 of 42 in Parks in Chicago
A nature retreat with views of the city skyline, Milton Lee Olive Park is perfect for those who enjoy the bustle of Navy Pier but want a chance to take a little break. This memorial park combines a variety of settings to accommodate all needs. You'll find large areas for recreation, as well as paths for jogging, walking, and biking. Circular sitting spaces shaded by tall trees appeal to picnickers. Make Milton Lee Olive Park part of your personalized Chicago itinerary using our Chicago trip builder .
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  • I love this park and this location. It is one of the best and least appreciated locales in the city hidden in plain sight. That said it is also massively underutilized and I would say neglected by the...  more »
  • From here, you have one of the best views of Chicago's skyline from the country. Much to recommend in the morning when the Sun is not in the face radiates a and you can make perfect shots of the skyline.
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  • Please read the history before you visit the park. Please respect the history of the era and Honor Milton Harvey for his bravery. Please take a river and lake boat tour that will give insight to so ma...  more »
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  • This is hands down of of my favorite parks in the city. Where to begin... It is perhaps the most overlooked park, as Navy Pier practically borders it to the Southeast, and millions of people go there, but millions also miss this park... It has huge beautiful old trees that lead you down a path to massive open fields perfect for dogs to run around in or play some pick up sports in. It has these huge, unique water drains that fill up after strong rains and create some amazing visual / photographic opportunities. The best though is hugging the park lakeside where you get panoramic views of Chicago's beaches, architecture, and lakefront that continues on for miles, on a clear day you day see all the way up to Northwestern University. There's also a raised ledge over the water which again is great for getting pictures or feeling like you're floating over the water in the face of some brilliantly laid out cityscape. It's simple, if you visit Chicago, visit this park. If you live in Chicago and haven't go, Go. I'm native to the city and love this spot for pitching a hammock and watching sunset!
  • Adjacent to Navy Pier, a long and narrow park on Lake Michigan. There is an observation deck to enjoy the Chicago skyline, a wide, strolling cement sidewalk by the water. People go there to watch the Air and Water Show above the city and over the beach. More private than many less hidden beaches off of Lake Shore Drive.
  • Just a short jaunt from Lake Shore Path is this wonderful park. Plenty of trees, expansive grass areas, benches, lookout points, etc. The best part of the park is the view of the city skyline. Lots of people take wedding photos here because of the skyline, which includes a great shot of streeterville and the ol' Hancock Tower. Come here to people watch, city watch, beach watch, and boat watch. Yep, it's right alone the famous Playpen where all the boats come to hang out during the sunny summer days. Note: the city is stringent on the close time of the park. The police will come in at 8pm close time and with sirens boot everyone out. Too bad the sun hasn't even set!
  • A lovely quiet oasis on the shores of Lake Michigan. Just steps from the chaos of Navy Pier, this park offers many open fields and great views of the skyline.
  • A nice oasis near to Navy Pier and downtown. Wish they would spend a little bit of money to maintain the fountains. With working fountains this park would be 5 stars.
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