|The view of the Chicago skyline looking north from Northerly Island|
One of those stops on the way to Northerly Island was at Buckingham Fountain. This information comes from the Chicago Park District Website
As we were simply enjoying viewing the fountain we decided to try to estimate how many steps it would take to circle the perimeter of the fountain. My daughter guessed very close to the right answer which turned out to be 425. While we were circumnavigating the fountain, the center jet shot a water stream high into the air. The surprise was to be able to see a rainbow.
|Rainbow forms from the mist of the spray from Buckingham Fountain|
We also rediscovered a small park near Soldier Field. I had remembered being at this park with my entire family one time before... Although that visit could have been nearly 10 years ago. During this visit we nearly had the park to ourselves. There are many hidden gems in Chicago and the SOLDIER FIELD CHILDEN'S GARDEN is certainly one of them.
The part of our urban hike which took us the furthest from home was our trip to Northerly Island. Until this morning when I read the history of Northerly Island (below) it has always 'bothered' me that Northerly Island was not an island. What I learned this morning - it actually WAS an island in the past. This is simply to the most serene place to be in all of Chicago. Much of the island recently repurposed and opened to the public just within the past few weeks. There is even a small public beach on the island as well a concession stand. When we found the concession stand it was like finding an oasis in the desert. We were hungry and thirsty.
from the Chicago Park District website
HistoryChicago's famous architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham imagined Northerly Island as one of the northernmost points in a series of manmade islands stretching between Grant and Jackson Parks. His vision for this park included lagoons, harbors, beaches, recreation areas, a scenic drive and grand stretches of green space that would provide breathtaking views of the lake and City skyline. Northerly Island and Burnham Park were selected as the site of Chicago's second World's Fair entitled A Century of Progress, 1933-34, and by the early 1930s, Northerly Island had been increased to its present size. In 1938, the Chicago Park District removed the bridge leading to Northerly Island and built a causeway connecting the island to Burnham Park. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Northerly Island featured paths and walkways, scattered trees and grass, a parking lot and the 12th Street Beach. In 1947, a small airport known as Meigs Field opened under the Exposition Authority Act. Operations at Meigs expanded with the building of an air control tower in 1952. The 50-year lease granted by the park district for Meigs Field expired on September 30, 1996. The City, Park District, and numerous civic organizations agreed that the airport should revert to parkland. Today, Daniel Burnham’s vision is now a reality. With wild prairie grasses taking root, beautiful strolling paths, casual play areas, and a spectacular view of the City skyline, we invite you to come out and enjoy the emerging world of Northerly Island.
lunch apple, rice cakes, spinach salad, clam chowder
asparagus, oyster crackers, mint chocolate 1338 calories
dinner salad bar, melon salad 1050 calories
SNACK NORTHERLY ISLAND HAMBURGER 450 calories
Saturday net calories 2067 calories
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fitbit day 11
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|Checking out the dinosaur at the Field Museum|