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Before Fall's Vibrant Wildlife is Obliterated, Here are Some Hotspots for Chicago's More Urbane Critters

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We like to think we have a handle on what's going on in Chicago's real estate world (if we didn't, we wouldn't really be doing our jobs very well, now would we), but that doesn't mean that we don't feel the need to escape from all that skyline every once and a while just to trick ourselves into thinking that we don't live in a city. There are wild animals in the Midwest and seeing them on your biannual visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo doesn't count. We're talking real Chicago wildlife—yes, we concede, Illinois doesn't exactly have exotic species in spades, but Chicago itself has a pretty decent variation of fauna (read: a whole lot of bunnies). Living next to Lake Michigan with its snazzy microclimates does have its own special advantages. Of course, everyone has their own favorite place in Chicagoland to get their outdoorsy on, so we compiled a map of places we think offer some of the best zoology sightings in town, weather permitting. We can't promise anything larger than a coyote, so don't get too excited.

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1. The Magic Hedge

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2. Humbolt Park Lagoon

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1440 N Humboldt Dr
Chicago, IL 60622

3. North Pond Nature Sanctuary

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2045 North Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614

4. Riis Park

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6100 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60639

5. Gompers Park

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4222 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

6. Indian Boundary Park

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2500 W Lunt Ave
Chicago, IL 60645

7. Ronan River Park

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2900 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

8. Horner Park

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2741 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

9. Bill Jarvis Bird Sanctuary

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3550 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60613

10. Irving Park

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11. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

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N Cannon Dr & W Fullerton Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614

12. Centennial Park-Dog Beach

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1799 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL 60201

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1. The Magic Hedge

W Montrose Ave, IL

2. Humbolt Park Lagoon

1440 N Humboldt Dr, Chicago, IL 60622

1440 N Humboldt Dr
Chicago, IL 60622

3. North Pond Nature Sanctuary

2045 North Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614

2045 North Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614

4. Riis Park

6100 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

6100 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60639

5. Gompers Park

4222 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

4222 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

6. Indian Boundary Park

2500 W Lunt Ave, Chicago, IL 60645

2500 W Lunt Ave
Chicago, IL 60645

7. Ronan River Park

2900 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

2900 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

8. Horner Park

2741 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

2741 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

9. Bill Jarvis Bird Sanctuary

3550 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60613

3550 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60613

10. Irving Park

11. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

N Cannon Dr & W Fullerton Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614

N Cannon Dr & W Fullerton Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614

12. Centennial Park-Dog Beach

1799 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL 60201

1799 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL 60201