This quiet little Japanese garden is considered relatively unknown, even to some locals. But search online reviews on a variety of websites and you’ll find that words like “gorgeous,” “stunning,” “breathtaking,” “serenity,” and “peaceful,” tend to come up over and over again.
So if you are visiting Chicago – or live nearby but have never ventured into this part of Jackson Park (6401 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago IL), it’s definitely worth checking out.
The historic park was built after the 1893 as part of the World Fair (the only remaining building of which is the Museum of Science and Industry. The Osaka Garden is located on Wooded Island, which you can find if you head south from the Museum of Science and Industry and stay on the right-hand side of the path, or just north of E Hayes Drive (63rd Street), east of South Cornell Avenue.
The lush, old trees and vegetation from Osaka Garden will make you forget you are in the middle of the city. The lagoon and arched bridge make for a nice family walk – and the secluded feel of the garden is great for a romantic stroll.
The garden is part of the larger Jackson Park. Originally, it was known as part of South Park and in 1869 the renowned creators behind Central Park, Frederick Law Olmstes and Calvert Vaux, were hired to design it. It was later renamed Jackson Park in honour of the seventh president of the United States.
Occupying more than 540 acres, the park is also home to a golf course (open since 1899), water ways and footbridges, 63rd Street Beach, and the impressive Statue of the Republic. Throughout Jackson Park you’ll often find lots of birds, including different varieties of herons on the bird-watching trails.
Part of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers was set in Jackson Park – and readers might recognize the setting from the book “The Devil in White City.”
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