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Finding peace and quiet in Chicago-area parks
虽然我喜欢山，我一直是个爱喝水的人。I love nothing more than to sit and watch the ocean,一个声音，或者一个湖，当我让我的思绪飘荡时，尽情享受这景色吧。
在我去拜访之前，我没有意识到我有多强烈的这种感觉。芝加哥and was drawn to the city's parks.I didn't select my favorites because of the greenery or open spaces (although those were awesome perks).All of my favorite parks had something else in common: They all were located on the waterfront of Lake Michigan.
在这些城市绿洲，I could run,走，stroll,或者去野餐，all while soaking up my beloved water view.Sure,there are some great parks farther inland,但当你在芝加哥的时候，don't miss the waterfront.
The Point,当地人称之为位于Burnham公园，是一个人造半岛，位于城市南部的滨水区。This is my favorite Chicago park because of the 6-mile walking path along Lake Michigan.No matter the weather,people always are out walking,跑步，and biking.
Since The Point juts out into the water,从这里可以看到城市的美景，too.And the water is almost Caribbean blue;something I never expected to find in the Midwest.
If you're up for it,make a day of your visit and walk the two hours from downtown along the waterfront to Promontory Point.While in the area,你可以去街对面的科学和工业博物馆，and then take a cab or bus back to The Loop.
Lincoln Park has a lot of great attributes.One of the best: It boasts azoo每天免费开放。
位于芝加哥北侧，this park comprises 1,208 acres.在东方，the park boundary is Lake Michigan.如果你不是动物园里的人，你可以参观温室和植物园（冬季取暖的好地方）。You also can check out the archery range.
Lincoln Park has plenty of benches and grassy areas where you can just hang for the afternoon.坐在离动物园足够近的地方，你很可能会听到狮子吼叫。当我走出音乐学院的时候，这正是把我吓得魂飞魄散的地方。
如果你没有车，this park is easily accessible using public transportation.
Grant Park is located on 319 acres in the city's central business district.这座城市为这个公园让出了这么多的空间，真让我吃惊。在公园边界内，你会发现很多绿地，as well as cultural activities and art.
You also will find the Art Institute of Chicago,白金汉泉，戴利公园（举办音乐会的地方）the Museum Campus (where three of the city's museums are located),marinasharbors,and an 18-mile lakefront trail.当你想到格兰特公园的所有优惠时，it's really mind-boggling.格兰特公园如果你住在hotel市中心too.
Although this park technically is part of Grant Park,it's my downtown favorite so thought it deserved a special shout-out.
One of the city's newer parks,Millennium Park quickly has become one of the city's most popular.People love it so much because it's easy to get to from The Loop.
千禧公园最让我印象深刻的是它提供的所有奇妙的雕塑。Perhaps the most famous of these is Cloud Gate;it's the one that looks like a giant metal jelly bean (Chicagoans actually call it,“豆子”。The Jay Pritzker Pavilion hosts concerts in the summer and there's an ice rink in the winter.即使在最冷的日子，这个公园值得一游。
What are your favorite urban parks?
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