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.
In June 2005, a temporary, yet state-of-the-art concert venue was built at the northern end of the island. The 7,500 seat Pavilion hosts concerts from some of today's most popular artists along with family matinée events. The Pavilion also boasts an awesome view of the city skyline. Park-goers can enjoy strolling paths, casual play areas and concerts at the facility. In the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.