Park No. 517: The Best Park in Chicago You've Never Heard Of

One of my favorite things about summer in Chicago is all the green space around to enjoy. There’s the huge parks downtown the beaches along the lake and bike trails for miles. But there’s also smaller, off the beaten path places that really make the city park system special.

For me, the best park in Chicago is No. 517. Not even seen as worthy of a legit name, Park No. 517 sits a block off of Lake Michigan on the corners of Sheridan and Thorndale. I’m sure hundreds if not thousands of people pass by there every day, either driving, commuting on the bus, taking their kids to the nearby playground, or heading to the beach. But I see it almost always empty, which is a shame.

Park No. 517 has a beautiful lush garden with coneflowers, daylilies, tube flowers, and many others in bloom all summer. Birds and butterflies fly around like a Disney movie. There’s open grassy areas and benches tucked away among the patches of plants or under the massive pergola, which has quickly become one of my favorite quiet, meditative spots. There’s not much available about the park- I don’t really know how it came to be or who maintains it so wonderfully, but I am grateful for its presence in my neighborhood.

If you need more convincing to make a trip to Edgewater to see the mysterious Park No. 517, check out the gallery below. Hope to see you there sometime.

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