A Little Time and a Keyboard: Evening Stroll Around Serene Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park, Chicago

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Evening Stroll Around Serene Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park, Chicago

 

Evening Stroll Around Serene Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park, Chicago

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool enchants visitors with a tranquil, lily-adorned pool framed by native plants and layered stone slabs. While located in Chicago's Lincoln Park, the preserve provides a breathtaking spot of calm tucked inside of a busy city.

A tree gracefully arches over the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool.
A tree gracefully arches over the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool.

Peace in a Buzzing City

We wandered the paths around Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool on a Friday evening. Much of Lincoln Park was abuzz with amblers. However, this particular slice of Lincoln Park maintained a peaceful ambiance. We slowly circled the pond taking in the surrounding native plants.

Designed by landscape architect Alfred Caldwell in the 1930's, elements of the Prairie Style influence can be seen throughout the preserve. Caldwell actually redesigned an 1889 lily pool that was in disrepair molding it into a river meandering through the prairie. The little bungalow along the lily pool exhibits the influence of the Prairie Style. Around the bungalow is a bit of a rock ledge molding spots for reflection. Caldwell's design eventually fell into disrepair as well. We are so fortunate that the hard work of the community and Lincoln Park Conservancy has brought it back to life!

If you are looking for a relaxing dinner in Lincoln Park, try Mesa Urbana's patio!

A waterfall gently tumbles over layered rock ensconced with green leaves  at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
A waterfall gently tumbles over layered rock ensconced with green leaves
 at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool.

Admiring Nature Moments

A waterfall tumbles over layered rocks ensconced with encroaching greenery creating a particularly lovely spot for a pause. The still pool just before the waterfall tumble adds extra serenity.

Peeking at the lily pool through the trees at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Chicago.
Peeking at the lily pool through the trees.

Stone paths meander through the oasis treating to vantage points with interesting peeks at the pool. We found a view framed by long grasses and lush trees particularly breathtaking.

Milkweed at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool helps the monarch butterfly population.
Milkweed at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool helps the monarch butterfly population.

Native plants surrounding the lily pool invite a range of native wildlife. We spotted glorious monarch and red admiral butterflies!

Interesting Tidbit: Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is a National Historic Landmark.

Peeking at the lily pool through the trees at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Chicago.
Stillness and the hum of nature blend at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool.

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is tucked away adjacent to Lincoln Park Zoo and near the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk, Lake Michigan and more. We savored our evening stroll through the nature oasis as part of an evening date night. The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is open mid-April through mid-November, so perfect for your warmer weather wanderings in Lincoln Park. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool unfolded the uplifting and magical nature experience we needed to escape for a little!

Evening Stroll Around Serene Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park, Chicago



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