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By Sierra Chmela Perhaps the most anticipated event of fall is the spectacular transformation of treetops from bright green to vivid hues of red, orange, and yellow. This mesmerizing display of color is the result of fall’s shorter days. As trees receive less and less sunlight they......

September is a transition month in the Lily Pool. As the end of summer approaches, the plants put forth a final effort to bloom, set seed, and prepare for the winter. Well versed in native plants, Alfred Caldwell chose a wide range of trees, shrubs,......

Photo by Mindy Munson We’re on track to break ground on North Pond’s restoration this fall. On August 26th, the Chicago Plan Commission approved the Lakefront Protection application for our North Pond Restoration Project. This approval represented a major step in the project timeline to......

20th Anniversary of the Lily Pool Restoration Celebration, part of Open House Chicago & the Conservancy’s Fall Into the Park events season.  In honor of both the 20th Anniversary of the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Restoration and the virtual component of Open House Chicago, we are celebrating the Lily Pool throughout......

By: Sierra Chmela Most Illinoisans are familiar with at least one or two varieties of milkweed. These showy plants are the only food source for monarch butterfly larvae. Consequently, our state insect will only breed near a supply of milkweed!  In July, we posted about......

By: Sierra Chmela Throughout the country, fire is a challenge many plants have evolved to deal with and even come to rely on. Though we often hear of the wildfires raging out west, fire has been an integral part of midwestern ecosystems for thousands of......

If you’ve been reading our blog series on the Lily Pool, you’ll recall that Caldwell’s original design of the Lily Pool lasted less than a decade before becoming the Lincoln Park Zoo’s bird habitat. While the site served a useful purpose and even hosted concerts,......

The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is an oasis, a refuge from the concrete city, both for the people of Chicago and for the animals that call it home. Every year in the spring and the fall, hundreds of migratory birds make their way along the......

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