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Jackson Park, Chicago

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Jackson Park is a 500-acre (2 km²) park located at 6401 South Stony Island Avenue in the Hyde Park and Woodlawn communities on the South Side in Chicago, Illinois. It borders onto Lake Michigan and several other South Side neighborhoods. Named for Seventh President Andrew Jackson, it is one of two Chicago Park District parks with the name "Jackson", the other being Mahalia Jackson Park for the gospel music singer in the Auburn Gresham community on the far southwest side of Chicago.

The parkland was first developed as the host site of the World's Columbian Exposition (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 the Fair era, and a Japanese garden traces its history to the Fair. The park includes woodland trails, playing fields, a beach, a golf course, and a boat harbor. It is the potential future site of the Barack Obama Presidential Center and library.
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  • Lots of beautiful lawn. Some water and a little island nearby too. Great place to walk and admire nature. There are places to play football, golf and there are two kids play areas too.  more »
  • The Republic Statue sits in a traffic roundabout, so it’s a little hard to get to by foot. There was little traffic when we visited, so no big deal. Up close, she looks great. A fine replica of the....  more »
  • This place has really cleaned up in the last 20years. Total turn-around for the better. It's a much safer place and cleaner. Good for a walk alone or with others. Even in the winter when its covered with snow its a nice place to get away. Walk paths and bike friendly and if you trust the lake-life, go for it and fish.
  • A massive park that once was the site of the famous White City of the World Exposition. One can literally get lost here. It is wild or groomed depending on your desire. A true gem in the Hyde Park area. You must also check out the nearby Promontory Point that has one of the most amazing views of the Chicago skyline. Like Philadelphia, Chicago has some amazing little discussed park land.

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