North Pond Nature Sanctuary Facts

Details: In 1999, North Pond was rehabilitated by the Chicago Park District, with assistance from the Lincoln Park Conservancy, and renamed the North Pond Nature Sanctuary. What was once a landscape filled with Kentucky blue grass and lilac bushes, it soon became a thriving, natural ecosystem built around a diverse palette of native plants that provide food, shelter and breeding habitat to local and migrating wildlife. Today, over 150 plant species attract 220+ bird species and numerous small mammals, reptiles, insects and amphibians.

The Lincoln Park Conservancy has continually maintained the North Pond Nature Sanctuary since its 1999 rehabilitation. We provide a full-time Site Manager and two seasonal employees to help maintain the pond, and offer volunteer programs and events.

Restoration Status: We have developed an innovative plan to revitalize North Pond and reenvision the 36-acres surrounding it. Coming Soon: Public open house dates to view the plans

Location: The 15-acre sanctuary is located in Lincoln Park between Fullerton and Diversey Parkways, and Stockton and Cannon Drives in Chicago, IL 60614

Owned and Managed By: The Chicago Park District

Maintenance and Programming By: The Lincoln Park Conservancy

Current Size: 15 acres

Original Landscape Architect: Swain Nelson and Olaf Benson