Bird-Themed Mini Golf Course Opens on Chicago’s West Side

The new 18-hole, conversation-themed course connects families with nature.

When enjoying summer in Chicagoland, one of the top family activities on our bucket list is outdoor mini golfing. Some of the local mini golf courses feature fun themes, too, like Chicago attractions and Halloween monsters. And now, we can enjoy a new bird-inspired course on Chicago’s West Side.

Douglass 18 recently revamped an old miniature golf course in the North Lawndale neighborhood that will allow families in the area to connect with nature. The new 18-hole, conversation-themed course raises awareness of the 205 bird species that migrate to Douglass Park every year.

“We are excited about the opening of the Douglass 18 golf course,” says Sheila McNary, executive member of the North Lawndale Community19-Douglass 18 Coordinating Council, in a news release. “It will provide a warm, family-friendly place that will offer sports, access to nature, fresh air and sunshine.”

Photo Credit: Douglass 18 Partners/Lincoln Park Zoo

Around 40 teens, Lincoln Park Zoo and other community members, including teaching artists Eric Hotchkiss of the School of the Art Institute and Haman Cross III of Firehouse Community Arts Center, designed the obstacles. A Lincoln Park Zoo supporter also donated $800,000 to help support the project.

“After years in the making, it’s inspiring and exciting to see our vision, imagination and design finally come to life,” says Tiffany Tam, a Douglass 18 youth participant and artist, in the news release. “The transformation of the golf course is incredible!”

The Douglass 18 miniature golf course plans to be opened seasonally from May 1-Oct. 30 at Douglass Park. Course hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. The course is closed on Sundays.

Looking for more places to play mini golf with your family this summer? Here is our complete list of outdoor mini golf courses in the Chicagoland.


Photo Credit: Douglass 18 Partners/Lincoln Park Zoo

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