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Natural areas are open from 6am to 11pm daily.
Jackson Park is home to 5 different natural areas that collectively offer 169.7 acres of woodlands, prairie, savanna, lagoon, and dunes. These areas include the 63rd St. Beach Dunes, Bobolink Meadow, the Columbia Basin, natural wooded areas throughout the Jackson Park golf course, and Jackson Park's Wooded Isle.
Home to the 1893 World Columbian exhibition, Jackson Park is a historically and ecologically significant park. Multipurpose trails through Wooded Island, and newly installed overlooks at the lagoons give respect to the historical design elements of the park and offer incredible views of the water, plants, and wildlife of the park. Jackson Park is known as one of the best places to see migratory birds in the state of Illinois. A 5-year capital improvement project started in 2014 and included the enhancement of 58 acres of terrestrial and aquatic habitat and the addition of 24 acres of new natural area around Wooded Island. Within this project, over 770,000 new trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers were installed improving the biological diversity, habitat value, and historic character of the park.
The Jackson Park 63rd Street Dunes include freshwater lake shoreline and dune habitat. The area provides habitat for invertebrates, fishes, and potentially mudpuppies. Native dune grasses including marram grass, little bluestem grass, and prickly pear cactus are in the restored dune area as well as some pockets of the state endangered sea rocket. This natural area is used during the migration seasons by waterfowl, and several species of shorebirds have been observed here including the Tricolored Heron and the Federally endangered Piping Plover.