Columbus Park is a National Historic Landmark and is considered the masterpiece of Jens Jensen, now known as dean of Prairie-style landscape architecture.
Included within its large area are a winding lagoon, a small woodland, two waterfalls, stratified stonework and a marsh.
These varied features draw a good variety of migrants, including Virginia Rails, numerous warblers (including Prothonotary and Mourning) , herons, hawks, nesting wood ducks, and sparrows.
A particularly good place to see birds is along the small stream at the back of the island.
Address: 5701 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60644
Header photo by Eric Gyllanhaal