Palmisano Park Audio Tour

The Chicago Park District presents a free self-guided audio tour of Palmisano Park. You can either download the tour to an MP3 player, burn a CD, or listen to it online. The tour includes a map with stopping points that correspond with the audio tracks. If you visit each place and listen to the tracks, your walking tour will take approximately 40 minutes.

Explore Palmisano Park (referred to as Stearns Quarry Park in the tour) – Chicago’s newest and most unusual park-- and learn about its natural and designed features.  Transformed from an old stone quarry in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, the park has a sustainable design with wetland terraces, native plants, and a fishing pond. Julia Bachrach, Chicago Park District planner and historian will lead you on the tour. She is joined by some of the people who helped create the park:  Claudine Malik and Bob Foster of the Chicago Park District and Ernest Wong of Site Design Group.


View/Print Map of Humboldt Park
View/Print Map of Palmisano Park
A printable map comes in a PDF format. You can follow the track sequence or tailor the tour to suit your own interests and time frame.

 

 

Tracks and Time
1 Introduction, Entrance @ 27th and Halsted 1:49
2 Boulders and Fountain 2:59
3 Wetland Terraces and Sustainable Elements 1:43
4 Pond and Quarry Overlook 2:09
5 Quarry Pond and Fishing 1:26
6 29th Street Entrance Plaza 1:36
7 A View of St. Barbara's 2:47
8 Topography of the Site 1:35
9 Bridgeport History 2:51
10 Views from the Mound 2:32
11 Native Plants and Wildlife 1:48
12 Conclusion 2:17

"The Stearn’s Quarry of today has certainly come a long way from the days of a limestone quarry. The vibrant active park is a welcome respite from city life an educational opportunity, a place for recreation and a prime example of what creative thinking can accomplish and yet the memory of the quarry and its lasting historic legacy remain inextricably a part of the park.” 
Claudine Malik, Chicago Park District
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Aerial view of Stearns Quarry and adjacent McGuane Park, ca. 1930.

Palmisano Park Wetland terrace, 2009.

 

 
 

Directions & Public Transportation

Directions
Stearns Park is located approximately five miles northwest of downtown Chicago. From the Kennedy Expressway I-90/I-94 exit at


Public Transportation
For specific directions go to www.transitchicago.com or call the RTA Travel Information Center at 836-7000 from any local area code.