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Oz Park, Chicago

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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 absolutely loved Oz Park. We went when the temperature was about 12 degrees and nighttime. The snow covered park was still gorgeous. The statues was definitely worth braving the temperature. 
  • A park a little secret with figures from the film the wizard of Oz, beautiful and quiet in the neighborhood of lincol park. It is worth to go.
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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...  more »
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  • a peaceful and nice park. relax and watch dogs play innocently. or play some baseball. Oz park is a great place for all
  • This is a quite nice oak for a walk. It's in a nice part of town with interesting wizard of Oz themed statutes. Great place to spend an afternoon.
  • Nice and open, excellent wooden play structure for children, well-maintained, and useful for everyone. Interactive experience with Wizard of Oz characters is a nice touch.
  • Well maintained and well sized park. The only detractor is the nearby high school, which means the park is often fairly crowded.
  • 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.