Bird area sanctuary

Birding Areas

Birding areas are plentiful in Chicago parks, and they include North Park Village Nature Center, Lincoln Park, Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary and Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary to name a few. These areas have a great variety of native plants that provide food and shelter for many birds. Grab your binoculars in spring and fall, which is peak migratory season and best time to see the greatest variety of birds as they pass through Chicago.  In 2007, Chicago's lakefront was designated by the National Audobon Society as an Important Birding Area (IBA). IBA designees provide habitat essential for breeding, feeding, wintering or migration of one or more species of birds.

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McCormick Bird Sanctuary

McCormick Bird Sanctuary

Location: 2400 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Park: Burnham Park

Park Phone: (312) 742.5369 (permits only)

Notes: McCormick Bird Sanctuary

Columbus Bird Sanctuary

Columbus Bird Sanctuary

Location: 500 S. Central Ave.

Park: Columbus Park

Park Phone: (773) 287-7641

Notes: Columbus Bird Sanctuary

Humboldt Birding Area

Humboldt Birding Area

Location: 1440 N. Sacremento Ave.

Park: Humboldt Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7549

63rd Street Beach

63rd Street Beach

Location: 63rd St. & Lake Michigan

Park: Jackson Park

Park Phone: (773) 256.0903

Notes: 63rd Street Beach

Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Location: 3550 N. Lake Shore Drive

Park: Lincoln Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7726

Notes: Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Kathy Osterman Beach

Kathy Osterman Beach

Location: Between Ardmore Ave. & Hollywood Ave. at Lake Michigan

Park: Lincoln Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7726

Notes: Kathy Osterman Beach

Montrose Point

Montrose Point

Location: Montrose Ave. & Lake Michigan

Park: Lincoln Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7726

Notes: Montrose Point

Northerly Island

Northerly Island

Location: 1400 S. Linn White Drive

Park: Northerly Island

Park Phone: (312) 745-2910 (312)540-2668

South Shore Bird Santuary

South Shore Bird Santuary

Location: 7059 S. South Shore Drive

Park: South Shore Cultural Center

Park Phone: (773) 256-0149

Notes: South Shore Bird Santuary

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