A few of my favorite locations in Chicago are:

(I'll continue to add as I find hidden gems!)

 

 

Caldwell Woods (pictured above)

 

Kinzie Street Railroad Bridge
Kinzie Street at N. Canel Street
MAP

Lincoln Park Conservatory (permit required)
2045 Lincoln Park West
Chicago, IL 60610
WEBSITE | MAP

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL
WEBSITE | MAP

Botanic Garden (permit required)

1000 Lake Cook Road
Glenco, IL 60022
WEBSITE | MAP

Independence Grove 
16400 W. buckley Road
Libertyville, IL 60048
WEBSITE | MAP

Lighthouse Beach
Central St. & Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL
WEBSITE | MAP

Shakespeare Garden
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL
WEBSITE | MAP

Cantigny Park (permit required)
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL
WEBSITE | MAP

Morton Arboretum ($100 permit required)
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL
WEBSITE | MAP

The Grove ($50 permit required)

1421 Milwaukee Avenue

Glenview, IL 60025

 

 

 

 MORE....

 

North Pond Restaurant

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Garfield Park Conservatory

Chicago Riverwalk

Naperville Riverwalk

Emily Oaks Nature Center

The Chicago Cultural Center

Union Station

The Rookery Building

Portage Park