National Parks / Natural World

Burnham Park Chicago

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Burnham Park
5491 S. Shore Dr
Chicago
IL
60615
Tel: 312 742 5369

Where are we going today?

Chicago has some AMAZING parks and beaches, so why not visit a park that combines both for your next family day out? Burnham Park is 600 acres of beautiful park where families can have that classic day out under the sun.

Burnham Park is located with on the lakefront of the Windy City, and features a number of things to do - perfect for those active kids!

Did you know that the park dates back from the mid-1890's when the famous architect Daniel H. Burnham began sketching it? Just as well, because now it's filled with fun activities and spaces for the kids to play, and enjoy nature!

In addition to all of the space that you can play and run around, Burnham Park features the McCormick Bird Sanctuary which is a great place for kids to learn about wildlife. There is also the Cornell Oasis Community Garden for those green thumbs in the family, where there are vegetable garden plots as well as large woodland areas with native wildflowers.

Feel free to take a stroll through the woods too! There are birds and butterflies that will fly around you, and great for kids to learn where food comes from!

For those who want to get out onto that famous lake, there is a harbor where you can launch your own boat. A great idea to take advantage of that great body of water!

Those active kids will love the three playgrounds that can be found within the park too, where they can climb, hide, slide and crawl until their heart's content. Burnham Park also features a skatepark for those keen boarders!

Get back to basics with classic park fun in Chicago - there is plenty of it waiting! 

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How much does it cost?

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LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

6am - 11pm daily

All year round

I'm Hungry!

There are food and drinks served at Burnham Harbor if you are feeling peckish!.

Healthy Eating!

There are plenty of places in the city to grab some food, or bring a picnic and enjoy it out on the grass! It's a good idea to take bottled water too.

Any Top Tips?

Don't forget to take your hats and sunscreen to stay protected from the sun!.

Need a little extra help?

They do their best to make all of the programs, events and facilities accessible!.

More information

There is metered parking available in the nearby lots..

What people are saying?

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    This place is great for family BBQ's or just having some lunch alone. It is nice and clean, and the best part is you have Lake Michigan right in front of you.

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    Love biking there and enjoying the view

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    Good park for bike ride and running.

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    Love it

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    Am born this city. Just know I live in Toledo Ohio. It nice to see that sweet park for kids to do things

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The Weather

Sunday

Conditions: Chance of a Thunderstorm
Temp: 86° F / 30° C
Humidity: 75 %
Wind: West - 1 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 68° F / 20° C
Humidity: 46 %
Wind: W - 20 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 67° F / 19° C
Humidity: 46 %
Wind: W - 17 MPH

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