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Oz Park, Chicago

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#17 of 44 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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  • We walked from the bus stop, through Oz Park, and to Lincoln Park Zoo. It was a really nice walk! Oz Park is really cool if you like the movie Wizard of Oz. It's a unique experience to see the charact...  more »
  • Great for kids 2 and over and adults throwing balls, walking dogs, people watching. Nice statutes too.  more »
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  • Charming themed park. I'm not a big fan of the wizard of oz, but nevertheless, I enjoy spending time here. A good place to walk with the kids
  • This is such a pretty little haven in the middle of a busy neighborhood. The Emerald Garden is a quiet place to enjoy yourself. (If you're one of the people who goes in there and smokes, you're going to hell. Die.) The Oz character statues are wonderful and, if you've got kids, they will love them. I also love them even though I'm not a child and not even that crazy about The Wizard of Oz.

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