Tourist in my own city: Humboldt Park, Chicago

Humboldt Park

Humboldt Park (1400 N Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60622) is one of those spots I never truly attempted to see, and now that I have, I want to share this oasis with the world. It’s a gorgeous spot that belies the fact that just outside its bounds, a bustling city awaits.

There are a number of seasonal sports and arts programs here as there are throughout the Chicago Park District, but I think the real gem is the renovated Boathouse Cafe, with gorgeous lake views and a simple but tasty menu (and they let me spice up my omelet, so I love ’em!). There is also the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, so it’s more than just a green sanctuary.

From the deck of the Boathouse Cafe.
From the deck of the Boathouse Cafe.

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An art installation I couldn't find a name or reference for...
An art installation I couldn’t find a name or reference for…
So many beautiful spots to take photos, or just take it all in.
So many beautiful spots to take photos, or just take it all in.

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The details are lovely.
The architecture is lovely.
Bridges leading everywhere.
Bridges leading everywhere.
The Boathouse Cafe.
The Boathouse Cafe.

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Lily pads for days...
Lily pads for days…

 

So much flora and fauna to enjoy!
So much flora and fauna to enjoy!

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You can't see him, but a heron landed back here, in what looks like a nesting area.
You can’t see him, but a heron landed back here, in what looks like a nesting area.

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