Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
A cool, refreshing, clear place of trees and stones and running water."
- Alfred Caldwell, Landscape Architect
Step through the Prairie-style gate on Fullerton and enter a hidden garden of unmatched beauty. Only bird songs and the sound of a gentle waterfall break the restful silence. Follow the stone walk encircling the lily pool and discover a pavilion, council ring and a diverse palette of native Midwestern plants. This is the vision of landscape architect Alfred Caldwell: a hidden garden for the people of Chicago designed to resemble a river meandering through a great Midwestern prairie.
The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is now a National Historic Landmark and a Chicago Historical Landmark. The site was originally part of a Victorian garden built in 1889 that displayed tropical lilies and other aquatic plants. When the Victorian-style garden fell out of popularity, the lily pool fell into disrepair until 1936 when Alfred Caldwell redesigned the pool and its surrounding area.
Docent tours and volunteer gardening opportunities are available through the Lincoln Park Conservancy.
Location100 W. Fullerton Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60614
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