Are you in search of a little peace and quiet some days, but you
need to figure out how to do that with kids around? Recently, local
author Anne Ford scoured the city for tranquil places for her new
book Peaceful Places Chicago.
Here are three ideas from Ford on where to find little pockets
of quiet in our urban environment.
1. Botany Pond. Tucked into the University of
Chicago's campus in Hyde Park, it is an especially good spot for
families in the spring, Ford says. "There are turtles, dragonflies,
goldfish and a bench. The student center is nearby for food and you
can have a little picnic." (Just south of 57th Street between
University and Ellis avenues in Chicago.)
2. Oak Park Public Library. "What I love about
this library is they do a great job of designating their quiet
zones with colored signs," Ford says. "Green you can talk, yellow
you can whisper, red you can't talk and no cellphone use. They
actually allow eating in a lot of areas. It gives the feel of an
upscale cafe." There's also an adjacent park where kids can burn
off energy, and anyone with a library card, even from another town,
can check out books. (834 Lake St., Oak Park.)
3. Emily Oak Nature Center. This relatively
small preserve has walking trails and a pond with a surprising
amount of wildlife, Ford says. One of the paths is paved, making it
easy for strollers. (4650 Brummel St., Skokie.)
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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