I had a CCLaP meeting to attend at North and Clark at 6:30 this evening, so it gave me a good excuse the ride the entire southern half of Lincoln Park during the "magic hour" of sundown, when the light is all goldeny and slanty. I want to try to get this whole thing posted and done with quickly, so I will probably keep the comments to a minimum. This is one of my major bike routes during the warm weather, because it lets me dash up and down the north side in no time at all, so there will be many more detailed reports like these coming throughout the summer.
I mostly enter and exit the park at Buena Avenue, 4200N by the city grid, which takes me through this little cul-de-sac known as Peace Garden. I've tried to research this little area over the years and have so far had little luck, other than to find out that it was created sometime in the early '70s as a countercultural refuge against the mostly Victorian and Edwardian Lincoln Park. The statue is brand-new, just installed last year.
Then the section through Belmont Harbor, which has some of the best views of the entire northside, a string of early-20th-century luxury high-rises that still exist in this middle-class neighborhood. There's lots more to see in this area, but I will wait until another photo essay for that.
And a brief detour to the northern edge of the North Pond, one of two Victorian ponds here in the middle of Lincoln Park (but more on the other one in a bit).
Then a quick ride past one of the oldest objects in the entire park, a Ben Franklin statue partially paid for by people who personally knew him when he was alive.
Ugh, too pooped! I'll take on the rest of this photo essay tomorrow!