July 29, 2014: Two women check their phones next to the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park Conservatory.

©Conchi Martinez/Shutterstock

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool


The enchanting Lily Pool hides in a plot northeast of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, at the corner of Fullerton and Cannon Drs. Built in 1938 by landscape architect Jens Jenson, the garden is designated a National Historic Landmark for its Prairie School style, native-plant use and stonework that resembles the stratified canyons of the Wisconsin Dells.

The pool has become an important stopover for migrating birds and also welcomes turtles and dragonflies. It's a lovely escape from the Lincoln Park crowds. Docents lead free, half-hour tours on various weekends.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Chicago attractions

1. Lincoln Park Conservatory

0.06 MILES

Walking through the conservatory’s 3 acres of desert palms, jungle ferns and tropical orchids is like taking a trip around the world in 30 minutes. The…

2. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

0.12 MILES

This hands-on museum has turtles and croaking frogs in its 1st-floor marsh, fluttering insects in its 2nd-floor butterfly haven and a bird boardwalk…

3. Lincoln Park Zoo

0.23 MILES

The zoo has been around since 1868 and is a local freebie favorite, filled with lions, zebras, snow monkeys and other exotic creatures in the shadow of…

4. St Valentine's Day Massacre Site

0.33 MILES

At this infamous spot on February 14, 1929, Al Capone's henchmen, dressed as cops, lined up seven members of Bugs Moran's gang against the garage wall…

5. Farm-in-the-Zoo

0.52 MILES

Located at the Lincoln Park Zoo's southern end, the farm features a full range of barnyard animals and offers frequent demonstrations of cow milking,…

6. Wrightwood 659

0.63 MILES

Fans of modern architecture shouldn't miss Chicago's newest gallery, designed by Pritzker Prize–winner Tadao Ando. Walk past the facade of the former…

7. Green City Market

0.67 MILES

Stands of purple cabbages, red radishes, green asparagus and other bright-hued produce sprawl through Lincoln Park at Chicago's biggest farmers market…

8. Lincoln Park

0.73 MILES

The park that gave the neighborhood its name is Chicago’s largest. Its 1200 acres stretch for 6 miles from North Ave north to Diversey Pkwy, where it…