Open House Chicago in the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Open House Chicago in the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

group of people gather around a speaker and a sign under sun-lit green trees

Visitors learn about the plants and animals that inhabit the Lily Pool, and the pavilions designed by Alfred Caldwell.

The Conservancy was thrilled to participate in Open House Chicago in-person this year, especially because 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of our and the Chicago Park District’s restoration of the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and the first time we’ve highlighted the site during OHC. 

Over 1,675 people visited the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool during October 16-17th, many of whom told us they were visiting the Lily Pool for the first time. Visitors enjoyed listening to our knowledgeable docents share stories of the Lily Pool’s history as a Victorian garden and Zoo Rookery, the impact Alfred Caldwell had on the Park District and generations of landscape architects, our work to restore the Lily Pool to Caldwell’s vision and re-name it in his honor, and fun facts about the plants and animals that call the Lily Pool home. We would like to thank the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute for their participation. They shared photos with visitors of Lily Pool animals in action, as well as more information about the wildlife of Chicago.

The Conservancy also thanks all of the volunteers, docents, Board members (past and present), staff, and community members who came to celebrate and made the event a success. We literally could not have done it without you! An extra thank you goes to docents Norm, Larry, Debra, and Jackie for their work preparing the materials, training the volunteers, and doing shifts over the weekend.  

If you were unable to make it to the Lily Pool during Open House Chicago or want to continue to explore on your own, visit our special Lily Pool Anniversary page on our website. If you’re planning to visit, please note that the Lily Pool will close for the season on November 14th.

five adults gather around a poster showing old photographs, with green trees and pond in the background

Docents share stories about the restoration of the Lily Pool, comparing old photos with the current Lily Pool

If you’d like to support the Conservancy’s ongoing maintenance and care of the Lily Pool, you can donate here. We look forward to participating in Open House Chicago again next year!

2 Comments
  • Christian Prichard
    Posted at 11:42h, 06 November Reply

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously feel this web site needs far more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read
    through more, thanks for the information!

    • Lincoln Park Conservancy Staff
      Posted at 12:28h, 07 November Reply

      Christian, Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate it. We are always striving to do more with limited resources. Please keep coming back to our website as well as our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube). We try to post something everyday on what is happening in Lincoln Park and with the Conservancy.

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