At nearly fifty-five acres, Horner Park was once the site of an industrial brick kiln. Today, it’s one of the largest public park areas on the city’s North Side. Its topography, ranging from its famous high-elevation hilltop to shady groves along its southern edge, were drawn in by city planners as picnic areas. For romantic, natural vistas, you can’t do better than an outing in the tall grasses, especially next summer, once when the city’s conservation efforts along the riverfront open access to the water along its eastern edge for fishing and kayaking.
2741 W. Montrose, 773.478.3499, chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Horner-Park
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