One of my favorite things about attending DePaul and living in Lincoln Park is the access it grants me to nature. This may seem surprising to you because it is not the first thing most people think about when they think about living in the city of Chicago. However, Lincoln Park is home to the zoo, lily pond, conservatory, and of course the lakefront!
When I was very young, I used to tell people that I wanted to be a zookeeper when I grew up, so the Lincoln Park Zoo - of course - has a special place in my heart. It is within walking distance of campus and the best part about it? It’s free! Not only are there always gorillas, giraffes, and lions to enjoy, but the zoo also hosts a variety of events that really help you get into the holiday spirit, such as Fall Fest and the Zoo Lights. Fall Fest is a staple for me every year because there is an awesome pumpkin patch that transports you right out of the city!
The lily pond is right near the zoo as well and it provides you with the perfect place to escape the chaos of the city and reflect on whatever is going on in your life. It is just the slice of quiet you need to remember the beauty of nature and self-care, which is why I always feel so relaxed when I spend time here.
If you especially enjoy exotic plants or you just need a place that will make you feel like it is the middle of summer, I suggest you make your way to the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Here you will find beautiful flowers, greenery, and fountains in a warm and cozy greenhouse. No matter how cold it is outside, you will always feel like you are on a tropical vacation in the botanical garden!
If you know Chicago, then I am sure you know about the lakefront path. Still, it never gets old to come spend some time at the lake. If you like to run or bike then it is definitely the place to be, or if you are more like me, then it is the place to see other people do those sorts of things while just relaxing and taking in the remarkable Chicago skyline!