This past Easter Sunday, I hiked the trails of the Japanese Garden and bird sanctuary at Jackson Park. The Japanese Garden is a reconstruction on the original site of the Japanese Garden from the Chicago World’s Fair 1893. In the background you can see the Museum of Science and Industry, which is the only building to survive from the World’s Fair.
Then begins the wooded path, where I was hoping to see some Monk Parakeets. Supposedly a colony of these birds lives on the south side, escapees from a 1960s shipment of them to be sold as pets.
Past the woodland is a more open prairie with weeping willows blowing in the breeze and Canadian geese nesting along the canal.
The trail is very easy to hike and takes about an hour. Parking is cheap, $2 for 2 hours. Well worth it!