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Washington Square Park, Chicago

#32 of 44 in Parks in Chicago
Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Washington Square, also known as Washington Square Park, is a park in Chicago, Illinois. A registered historic landmark that is better known by its nickname Bughouse Square (derived from the slang of bughouse referring to mental health facilities), it was the most celebrated open air free-speech center in the country as well as a popular Chicago tourist attraction. It is located across Walton Street from Newberry Library at 901 N. Clark Street in the Near North Side community area of Chicago, Illinois, USA. It is Chicago's oldest existing small park. It is one of four Chicago Park District parks named after persons surnamed Washington (the others being Washington Park, Harold Washington Park, and Dinah Washington Park). It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 20, 1991.

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  • Great place just steps off Michigan Avenue. Grab a coffee at Big Shoulders Coffee, swing by after the Saturday morning Farmers market, or relax with an ice cream from Amarnino’s just down the...  more »
  • We found this small park near our hotel by chance. It’s a great place to sit for an hour or two and watch the locals walking their dogs, or the children learning to ride their scooters. There are...  more »
  • This was a VERY peaceful park. A man was playing the piano peacefully & its just wonderful to quietly walk around & get away from the hustle of downtown for a few minutes
  • This place is pedestrian-friendly. I'm sitting in the sun on the north side of the fountain, drying off after being caught in 2 downpours today. It's 'city-quiet' and the (few) inhabitants are super-chill.

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