On a blustery November afternoon I took a bike ride south from downtown Chicago to explore the city. After a few miles of pedaling along the lake shore bike path from Millennium Park, I passed the landmark McCormick Center and soon was riding through masses of prairie grasses of the recently initiated Burnham Centennial Prairie restoration.
Begun in 2010, Burnham Centennial Prairie is a project of the Chicago Park District, and is part of Burnham Park, named after Chicago’s famed architect. Chicago Park District has produced a series of You Tube videos about their work in general, and a very detailed and informative one about the Burnham prairie restoration, in particular. See it here.
Burnham Park is part of a large complex of Chicago open space, much as Daniel H. Burnham himself envisioned it should be, including meadows, prairies, open grasslands, a bird sanctuary, concessions, a state park, and the Adler Planetarium.
All this within an easy hike or bike ride from downtown Chicago.