Northerly Island

  • 1400 S. Lynn White Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60605 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Teishetta Daniel
  • Park Phone: (312) 745-2910
  • Park Phone: (312) 540-2668 (FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Box Office)

Please note:  the southern 40-acres of Northerly Island is currently under construction and not accessible to the public.  Learn more about the exciting changes taking shape  in this space.  

 

Northerly Island is a 91- acre peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan at the heart of the Museum Campus. It is located just south of the Adler Planetarium and east of Soldier Field. The majority of this space is dedicated to nature! The nature area at Northerly Island features beautiful strolling paths, casual play areas and a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline. It is also home to some of the best fishing in Chicago.

During the winter and early spring (November - April), the Northerly Island fieldhouse is open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am to 4 pm. The rest of the year, the fieldhouse is open daily, from 9am to 5pm. When the fieldhouse is open, staff is available to answer questions about the island and provide information on a discovery tour.

The FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island is located at the northern end of the island.  The 2013 season brought a variety of improvements and expansions to this popular lakefront facility, including an upgraded stage, expanded state-of-the-art sound and lights, new seating and more grassy space throughout the venue. The newly redeveloped lawn now allows for flexible capacity up to 30,000 patrons while still offering sweeping panoramic views of Chicago’s lakefront.  Since its opening night featuring Earth, Wind and Fire in 2007, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion has brought a wealth of talent to the beautiful park-like setting of Northerly Island.  Check out the 2014 schedule and purchase tickets at LiveNation.com

History

Chicago's famous architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham imagined Northerly Island as one of the northernmost points in a series of manmade islands stretching between Grant and Jackson Parks. His vision for this park included lagoons, harbors, beaches, recreation areas, a scenic drive and grand stretches of green space that would provide breathtaking views of the lake and City skyline. Northerly Island and Burnham Park were selected as the site of Chicago's second World's Fair entitled A Century of Progress, 1933-34, and by the early 1930s, Northerly Island had been increased to its present size. In 1938, the Chicago Park District removed the bridge leading to Northerly Island and built a causeway connecting the island to Burnham Park. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Northerly Island featured paths and walkways, scattered trees and grass, a parking lot and the 12th Street Beach. In 1947, a small airport known as Meigs Field opened under the Exposition Authority Act. Operations at Meigs expanded with the building of an air control tower in 1952. The 50-year lease granted by the park district for Meigs Field expired on September 30, 1996. The City, Park District, and numerous civic organizations agreed that the airport should revert to parkland. Today, Daniel Burnham’s vision is now a reality. With wild prairie grasses taking root, beautiful strolling paths, casual play areas, and a spectacular view of the City skyline, we invite you to come out and enjoy the emerging world of Northerly Island.

Parking/Directions

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

Northerly Island

Northerly Island

Location Notes: 1400 S. Linn White Drive

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Location Notes: 1300 S. Linn White Dr.

Notes: FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. For concert info. & tickets visit LiveNation.com or call FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at (312) 540-2668. Closed during Bears’ Home Games.

Northerly Island

Northerly Island

Location Notes: 1400 S. Linn White Dr.

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Notes: Northerly Island

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Daley Bi 92027InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$50.00
Badminton at Daley Bi 92093InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 5 but less than 10CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Fun and Games at Daley Bi 111072InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$50.00
Indoor Tennis at Daley Bi 93364InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$65.00
Indoor Tennis at Daley Bi 93366InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$65.00
Indoor Tennis at Daley Bi 111070InstructionSports - TennisAt least 5 but less than 10CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Indoor Tennis at Daley Bi 93367InstructionSports - TennisAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$65.00
Indoor Tennis at Daley Bi 93368InstructionSports - TennisAt least 5 but less than 10CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$65.00
Kiddie College - Fall Session at Daley Bi 93468InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:30am
$175.00
Kiddie College - Fall Session at Daley Bi 93469InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 10:45am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 10:45am to 12:45pm
$225.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Daley Bi 93851InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
$60.00
Music and Movement at Daley Bi 93899InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$50.00
Music and Movement at Daley Bi 93898InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$50.00
Organic Gardening Series at Northerly Island 110855InstructionOutdoor & Environment - Gardening6 and upCoedFrom September 13, 2014 to October 25, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$5.00
Play School at Daley Bi 94210InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$50.00
Recreational Tumbling at Daley Bi 94265InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 9am to 9:45am
$50.00
Recreational Tumbling at Daley Bi 94266InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Seasonal Sports at Daley Bi 94344InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Daley Bi 111071InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$50.00
Soccer at Daley Bi 111073InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 9CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Table Tennis at Daley Bi 94748InstructionSports - Table TennisAt least 5 but less than 10CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Free
Tap & Ballet at Daley Bi 94781InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$50.00
Tot Spot at Daley Bi 95263InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9:45am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:45am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9:45am to 10:30am
$75.00
Tot Spot at Daley Bi 95264InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:45am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$75.00

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Please note:  the southern 40-acres of Northerly Island is currently under construction and not accessible to the public.  Learn more about the exciting changes taking shape  in this space.  

 

Northerly Island is a 91- acre peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan at the heart of the Museum Campus. It is located just south of the Adler Planetarium and east of Soldier Field. The majority of this space is dedicated to nature! The nature area at Northerly Island features beautiful strolling paths, casual play areas and a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline. It is also home to some of the best fishing in Chicago.

During the winter and early spring (November - April), the Northerly Island fieldhouse is open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am to 4 pm. The rest of the year, the fieldhouse is open daily, from 9am to 5pm. When the fieldhouse is open, staff is available to answer questions about the island and provide information on a discovery tour.

The FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island is located at the northern end of the island.  The 2013 season brought a variety of improvements and expansions to this popular lakefront facility, including an upgraded stage, expanded state-of-the-art sound and lights, new seating and more grassy space throughout the venue. The newly redeveloped lawn now allows for flexible capacity up to 30,000 patrons while still offering sweeping panoramic views of Chicago’s lakefront.  Since its opening night featuring Earth, Wind and Fire in 2007, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion has brought a wealth of talent to the beautiful park-like setting of Northerly Island.  Check out the 2014 schedule and purchase tickets at LiveNation.com

Chicago's famous architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham imagined Northerly Island as one of the northernmost points in a series of manmade islands stretching between Grant and Jackson Parks. His vision for this park included lagoons, harbors, beaches, recreation areas, a scenic drive and grand stretches of green space that would provide breathtaking views of the lake and City skyline. Northerly Island and Burnham Park were selected as the site of Chicago's second World's Fair entitled A Century of Progress, 1933-34, and by the early 1930s, Northerly Island had been increased to its present size. In 1938, the Chicago Park District removed the bridge leading to Northerly Island and built a causeway connecting the island to Burnham Park. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Northerly Island featured paths and walkways, scattered trees and grass, a parking lot and the 12th Street Beach. In 1947, a small airport known as Meigs Field opened under the Exposition Authority Act. Operations at Meigs expanded with the building of an air control tower in 1952. The 50-year lease granted by the park district for Meigs Field expired on September 30, 1996. The City, Park District, and numerous civic organizations agreed that the airport should revert to parkland. Today, Daniel Burnham’s vision is now a reality. With wild prairie grasses taking root, beautiful strolling paths, casual play areas, and a spectacular view of the City skyline, we invite you to come out and enjoy the emerging world of Northerly Island.

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