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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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TripAdvisor
  • We visited this park based on reviews. It was quaint. Several ball fields and families enjoying the day. If you are looking for a spot for a picnic this is a nice quiet place. Seemed to be a lot of lo...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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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  • Great place in a city to take some rest, relax and enjoy nice weather. It has kids playgrounds, baseball and basketball fields, swings. Time to time it may get crowded due to some events. Recommend it!
  • Has various statues of Wizard of Oz characters (Dorothy and Toto, Tin man, etc.), in a park setting, hence the name Oz Park. It's mostly quiet until the kids start their soccer, baseball and tennis programs. Also, there is a children's playground here for the younger ones. Plenty of benches, close to local restaurants and is beautifully landscaped. People bring their dogs for walks through here often.
  • A beautiful park for leisurely walks, with tennis courts, baseball diamond, playground, and fantastic statues of the classic Oz characters: Dorothy and Toto, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow. Great place for walking your dog as well. While there's not an actual dog area there is a section in the center of the park where dog owners congregate at all hours and let their pups greet and play with each other.
  • Great park with oz theme of playground and structures. Good to relax in the park. Plenty of area to just be alone if wanted to.
  • Beautiful space in the heart of Lincoln Park. The gardens, which are loving care for by local residents, are one of the best hidden places to have a picnic in the City.