Burnham Park

  • 5491 S. Shore Drive   Chicago, Illinois 60615 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Monique Scott (Ellis Park)
  • Park Phone: (773) 285-7099

Burnham Park totals about 600 acres and sits on Chicago’s Lakefront just south of Grant Park. The park was named for Chicago's famous architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham, who envisioned a south lakefront park with a series of manmade islands, linear boating harbor, beaches, meadows, and playfields, as published in his seminal The Plan of Chicago of 1909.

Today, Burnham Park features the naturalistic Promontory Point designed by Alfred Caldwell and a popular skate park at 31st Street. The park also benches located at 12 Street, 31st Street, Oakwood and 57th Street, bird sanctuaries and beautiful natural areas. The Margaret T. Burroughs Beach and Park is a newer park feature and stretches from 31 Street to 26th Street.

While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Ellis Park.

 

History

In the mid-1890s, Chicago's famous architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham began sketching a magnificent park and boulevard that would link Jackson Park with downtown. As Chief of Construction for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Burnham (1846- 1912) had transformed sandy, wind-swept, Jackson Park into the glistening White City. After the fair, Burnham began imagining a more beautiful, orderly, and functional Chicago. Burnham's vision, including a south lakefront park with a series of man made islands, linear boating harbor, beaches, meadows, and play fields, was published in his seminal 1909 Plan of Chicago. The South Park Commission wanted to create the park, however development was delayed by disputes with the Illinois Central Railroad over riparian rights. Property rights and government approvals were finally secured in 1920, and voters approved a $20 million bond issue to create the park. By the time the site was named Burnham Park in 1927, only the northern part of the site had been filled. In 1933 and 1934, the Century of Progress, Chicago's second World's Fair took place in Burnham Park. In the mid-1930s, the newly created Chicago Park District used federal funds from the Works Progress Administration to complete landfill operations and improve Burnham Park, including the naturalistic Promontory Point landscape by renowned designer Alfred Caldwell. In 1935, Mayor Edward J. Kelly began pursuing the idea of a permanent fair in Burnham Park. To facilitate this, the state passed a bill creating the Metropolitan Fair and Exposition Authority. The legislation allowed the construction of Merrill C. Meigs Airport in 1946 and the McCormick Place convention hall in 1960. The original McCormick Place burned down in 1967, and despite opposition, a new facility opened in Burnham Park in 1971. In recent years, Mayor Richard M. Daley's vision for a greener, more beautiful Burnham Park has begun taking shape. Sixty acres of asphalt were transformed into a landscaped Museum Campus. And the former Meigs Field has been transformed into a 91-acre natural area park, known as Northerly Island where park patrons can enjoy a paved all-purpose trail. Birders catch glimpses of migrating birds in the fall and spring seasons, while anglers can find the perfect fishing spot.

Parking/Directions

Metered parking is available in nearby lots.  Get rates and additional information.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

American Doughboy

American Doughboy (1)

Location Notes: Near Gate O, Soldier Field

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Balbo Monument

Balbo Monument (1)

Location Notes: East of S. Museum Campus Drive, south of E. McFetridge Drive, west of Lakefront Trail

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

David Wallach Memorial Fountain

David Wallach Memorial Fountain (1)

Location Notes: Near 55th Street, east of underpass leading to Promontory Point

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

Eastern Hophornbeam

Eastern Hophornbeam (1)

Location Notes: East of McCormick place at Burnham Harbor inlet

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Gaggle

Gaggle (1)

Location Notes: 2500 South LSD South McCormick Median

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

George Halas Memorial

George Halas Memorial (1)

Location Notes: Near Gate 15, Soldier Field

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Gold Star Family Memorial

Gold Star Family Memorial (1)

Location Notes: East of S. Museum Campus Drive on axis with Soldier Field

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

La Ronda Parakata

La Ronda Parakata (1)

Location Notes: South of 31st St Harbor 3300 S. LSD at Lakefront

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary, Gathering Space

Mermaid

Mermaid (1)

Location Notes: Near E. 41st St. and Lake Michigan

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Nature's Clock

Nature's Clock (1)

Location Notes: NE Soldier Field - McFedridge/Museum Campus Dr.

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Sankofa for the Earth

Sankofa for the Earth (1)

Location Notes: South of th 43rd St Walking Bridge, West of LSD - 4400 S. LSD

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary, Gathering Space

Set in Stone

Set in Stone (1)

Location Notes: South of Oakwood West of LSD, 4000 S. LSD

Notes: Photo Credit: Sandra Steinbrecher , 2016

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary, Gathering Space

Soldier Field Children's Garden

Soldier Field Children's Garden (1)

Location Notes: Northeast of Soldier Field, south of E. McFetridge Drive

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Sounding Bronzeville

Sounding Bronzeville (1)

Location Notes: South of 35th St. West of LSD, 4200 S. LSD

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary, Gathering Space

You Are Beautiful

You Are Beautiful (1)

Location Notes: LSD @ 39th infront of CPD Yard/brick wall

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Caracol

Caracol (1)

Location Notes: South of McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary 2400 S. LSD at Lakefront

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary, Gathering Space

McCormick Bird Sanctuary

McCormick Bird Sanctuary

Location Notes: 2400 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Notes: McCormick Bird Sanctuary

Burnham Park - Boat Drinks

Burnham Park - Boat Drinks

Location: 425 E. McFetridge Drive

Location Notes: At Burnham Harbor

Hours: , , ,

Phone: (708)897-4775

Notes:

http://www.boatdrinkschicago.com

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

31st Street Harbor

31st Street Harbor (1)

Location: 3155 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Phone: (312) 225-6464

Burnham Harbor

Burnham Harbor (1)

Location: 1559 S. Lake Shore Drive

Phone: (312) 747-7009

Burnham Playground-4700 S Lake Shore Dr

Burnham Playground-4700 S Lake Shore DrAccessible

Location: 4700 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Burnham Playground-5400 S Lake Shore Dr

Burnham Playground-5400 S Lake Shore DrAccessible

Location: 5400 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Notes: Chicago Plays! Renovation, Spring 2015

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Burnham Playground-on Museum Campus

Burnham Playground-on Museum CampusAccessible

Location: 500 E. Mc Fetridge Dr.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Burnham Prairies

Burnham Prairies

Location Notes: 4700 S. Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Burnham Nature Sanctuary

Burnham Wildlife Corridor

Burnham Wildlife Corridor

Location: 2600 S. Lake Shore Drive to 4700 S. Lake Shore Drive

Location Notes: McCormick Place south to East 47th Street

McCormick Bird Sanctuary

McCormick Bird Sanctuary

Location Notes: 2400 S. Lake Shore Drive

Notes: McCormick Bird Sanctuary

Burnham 31st Street Skate Park

Burnham 31st Street Skate Park

Location Notes: at 31st Street and Lake Shore Drive

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Burnham Park totals about 600 acres and sits on Chicago’s Lakefront just south of Grant Park. The park was named for Chicago's famous architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham, who envisioned a south lakefront park with a series of manmade islands, linear boating harbor, beaches, meadows, and playfields, as published in his seminal The Plan of Chicago of 1909.

Today, Burnham Park features the naturalistic Promontory Point designed by Alfred Caldwell and a popular skate park at 31st Street. The park also benches located at 12 Street, 31st Street, Oakwood and 57th Street, bird sanctuaries and beautiful natural areas. The Margaret T. Burroughs Beach and Park is a newer park feature and stretches from 31 Street to 26th Street.

While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Ellis Park.

 

In the mid-1890s, Chicago's famous architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham began sketching a magnificent park and boulevard that would link Jackson Park with downtown. As Chief of Construction for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Burnham (1846- 1912) had transformed sandy, wind-swept, Jackson Park into the glistening White City. After the fair, Burnham began imagining a more beautiful, orderly, and functional Chicago. Burnham's vision, including a south lakefront park with a series of man made islands, linear boating harbor, beaches, meadows, and play fields, was published in his seminal 1909 Plan of Chicago. The South Park Commission wanted to create the park, however development was delayed by disputes with the Illinois Central Railroad over riparian rights. Property rights and government approvals were finally secured in 1920, and voters approved a $20 million bond issue to create the park. By the time the site was named Burnham Park in 1927, only the northern part of the site had been filled. In 1933 and 1934, the Century of Progress, Chicago's second World's Fair took place in Burnham Park. In the mid-1930s, the newly created Chicago Park District used federal funds from the Works Progress Administration to complete landfill operations and improve Burnham Park, including the naturalistic Promontory Point landscape by renowned designer Alfred Caldwell. In 1935, Mayor Edward J. Kelly began pursuing the idea of a permanent fair in Burnham Park. To facilitate this, the state passed a bill creating the Metropolitan Fair and Exposition Authority. The legislation allowed the construction of Merrill C. Meigs Airport in 1946 and the McCormick Place convention hall in 1960. The original McCormick Place burned down in 1967, and despite opposition, a new facility opened in Burnham Park in 1971. In recent years, Mayor Richard M. Daley's vision for a greener, more beautiful Burnham Park has begun taking shape. Sixty acres of asphalt were transformed into a landscaped Museum Campus. And the former Meigs Field has been transformed into a 91-acre natural area park, known as Northerly Island where park patrons can enjoy a paved all-purpose trail. Birders catch glimpses of migrating birds in the fall and spring seasons, while anglers can find the perfect fishing spot.

Metered parking is available in nearby lots.  Get rates and additional information.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.