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Jackson Park, Chicago

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#41 of 44 in Parks in Chicago
Jackson Park is a 500-acre park on Chicago's South Side, located at 6401 South Stony Island Avenue in the Woodlawn community area. It extends into the South Shore and Hyde Park community areas, bordering Lake Michigan and several South Side neighborhoods. Named for President Andrew Jackson, it is one of two Chicago Park District parks with the name "Jackson", the other being Mahalia Jackson Park in the community area of Auburn Gresham on the far southwest side of Chicago.The parkland was first developed as the host site of the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, memorialized today by the Statue of The Republic. The Museum of Science and Industry resides in the remaining "palace" in the park from that era, and a Japanese garden traces its history to the fair. The park includes woodland trails, playing fields, a beach, golf course, and a boat harbor. It is the future site of the Barack Obama Presidential Center and library.
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  • Jackson Park was first developed in 1893 as the host site for the World's Columbian Exposition, or the Chicago World's Fair. In a six-month period, it drew millions of people to the Chicago lakefront....  more »
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  • Didn't get to explore most of what Jackson Park had to offer, which looked very impressive, but I did manage to make it to the Museum of Science and Industry. It was similar to what is now called the Fleet Science Center here in San Diego in that it's not simply a series of exhibits to look at, but is also pretty hands on. It's an experiential museum where you can play with all sorts of fun yet educational exhibits to really get you into learning some of what we know about, for example, plate tectonics and lightening. Bring the kids and expect to be a kid yourself with all the awe you had when you were learning about the world around you via play and some good narration with it.
  • Golf course 7 out 10 getting better. Park offers many activities but would like to increased security

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