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Oz Park, Chicago

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
Oz Park is a public park in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of North Side, Chicago. It is located at 2021 North Burling Street, at the corner of Lincoln and Webster, just south of the Lincoln, Halsted, and Fullerton intersection.The park borders Lincoln Park High School and features many statues fashioned after characters in The Wizard of Oz, a book which was authored by Chicago reporter Frank L. Baum. It is open from 6 AM to 11 PM, and pets are allowed.HistoryDuring the 1950s, the area surrounding what is now called Oz Park was in need of improvement. The City of Chicago gave the Lincoln Park Conservation Association permission to improve the community in the 1960s. In 1974, the Chicago Park District acquired the land and began constructing a park. Lyman Frank Baum, a children's author and the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was a resident of the Lincoln Park area in the 1890s. Remembering its former resident, fans of The Wizard of Oz would gather in the park for an Oz Festival to honor the famous book, movie, and author every year. The park was officially named Oz Park in 1976, and the park district has added statues of the main characters throughout the past 20 years to honor its namesake.
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  • I agree with other posters, to make this a true tourist attraction they will need a yellow brick road, colorful munchkin land, and maybe some flying monkeys or a witch smashed by a house. But, as it i...  read more »
  • Growing up who didn't watch and love the Wizard of Oz ..I'd read about this park and decided to put it on my to do list even though I was a woman traveling alone. Nothing I read about the park made it...  read more »
  • Growing up I'm obsessed with the wizard of oz. knowing I was visiting Chicago for a conference I started to google what Chicago had to offer. I came across the oz park and told my dad that this was a ...  read more »
  • Great neighborhood park. With great kids' playground, doggy water fountain, Oz sculptures and well groomed fenced off garden to relax and picnic. Has all the amenities except chess tables, garden fountains and grilling stations. The tennis courts are a bit old and waiting times on the weekends can get a bit long. You will hear and maybe even bump into dogday cicadas.
  • They have fixed up the ground around the play area and it's much improved. Been coming here for 10 years. The kids love it, I love it, the local love it.
  • Something for everyone. Beautiful place to just hang out. Nice playground for younger kids....and 2 great baseball diamonds
  • Great playground. Soft false grass and plenty of fun things to play with for my 2yr old
  • Great, spacious park! There's a huge field, playground, baseball field, and tennis.
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