Situated in the Chicago Loop in the Near East Side Community, Lakeshore East Park (officially Park No. 546) spans 4.6 green acres. It is situated within the Lakeshore East master planned community, which features mixed use urban development. The outdoor oasis is home to a tots playground, dog friendly area, interactive water experience and several formal gardens. You can navigate the park by exploring its scenic walking paths. There are also ample open spaces to spread out a picnic blanket.
Supported by public funds, Lakeshore East Park opened in 2005. Today, it is one of the city’s first free wireless parks.
Lakeshore East Park Features
Site Design Group Limited was enlisted to do the landscape architecture, and created a grand overlook to offer views of the park and integrate the Chicago’s three-tiered transit system.
Lakeshore East Water Spray Feature offers an interactive way for kids to cool off on a hot day. The Lake Shore East Path and Trails wind through the park for a place to enjoy a nice leisurely walk. If you’re traveling with a pooch in tow, the Lakeshore East Dog Park is situated at the southeast corner of the park. Within the dog friendly area, a closed off space allows pet owners to let their dogs run off leash.
On a rubberized surface, the playground offers a fun place to play. Its center play structure looks like a ship, with colorful steps, slides, and lookout points. There are also covered spaces for parents to watch under shade.
The park features several fountains, and in the northeast corner there is a formal garden. The park is bounded by two promenades of white pavers wrapping east-west across the site. Each promenade is home to five fountain basins at the street edge. Ornamental plants provide seasonal color and greenery.
Lakeshore East Park Events
There is no structural programming offered at Lakeshore East Park, so Chicago Park District officials encourage visitors to look into programs at the nearby Maggie Daley Park.