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Oz Park, Chicago

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#18 of 31 in Parks in Chicago
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, The Oz Park Advisory Council raised the money to put sculptures of the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Dorothy & Toto by sculptor John Kearney in the Park.
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  • This park is not just for kids and dogs. It's also for adults who like inventive and life-like sculpture. The park is appropriate to Chicago because the Oz stories were written in Chicago, about Chica...  more »
  • It is a large park for this prime and dense real estate neighborhood. There are tennis courts lit at night hours. It is popular with god owners. But there is an area for kids where dogs are not allowe...  more »
  • Very cute park! I was very excited to bump into Oz Park. I have seen many of my fellow yelpers checking in to this, and sharing pictures, but I never could make out where the location of this park was...  more »
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  • Lovely neighborhood park. Well maintained facilities, well lit, and plenty of cool activities. The Playground was just updated, and is still one of the best on the north side. This small little park seems to have just the right amount of everything, and is obviously loved by locals.
  • Nice park has all the wizard of oz statues, tennis court , baseball, basketball areas, children playground and very peaceful to just sit and take in the entire view of the park also has a serenity garden to relax in.
  • HARD TO FIND OFFICE / GREAT SOFT-BALL FIELDS !
  • Lots of cute dog and lots of lovely people. Love it.
  • Great to take your kids out in the morning don't walk through it at night
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