During Curbed's Micro Week we're celebrating tiny spaces of all types, from shoebox-sized apartments to public parks roughly the size of a king mattress. After profiling what is definitely the smallest park in Chicago, we wanted to look at more tiny public parks in the greater Downtown area. Most parks in the city are at least an acre, but with the tight real estate constraints of our central business district, the city had to think small to carve out pieces of green for the public to enjoy. With some input from the Chicago Loop Alliance, the Chicago Parks District, and good ol' Google Maps, we put together a list of 8 park spaces you could walk to from the Loop, all of which measure well under an acre.
One thing we weren't expecting during this exercise was finding out that these micro-parks would produce a practically straight vertical line cutting north-south through town when mapped. It wasn't intentional on our part, but all of the parks less than an acre within the downtown area just happen to be within one block of State Street. Keep that one in your back pocket for your next trivia night!
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