Wandering around Chicago with The Seven-Year-Old: The Osaka Garden on Chicago’s Wooded Island

Next time you’re at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, take a few minutes to follow the walking trail behind the museum across the Clarence Darrow and/or North bridges. There you’ll find Frederick Law Olmsted’s Wooded Island and the Osaka Garden, one of the few remaining remnants of the 1893 Columbian Exposition.  The island has been converted into a nature sanctuary and is an important stopping point for birds migrating through the Midwest each spring and fall.

Osaka Gardens with the Museum of Science & Industry in the background. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Osaka Gardens with the Museum of Science & Industry in the background. (Photo: Shala Howell)

If you look closely at the center left section of the photograph, you’ll see a large, but kind of squatty bird. It’s a black crowned night heron, which has a remarkable ability to stay focused on fishing despite any intruding paparazzi.

Totally ignoring me. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Totally ignoring me. And yes, I was actually that close. (Photo: Shala Howell)

A tiny map courtesy of Google to help you on your way:

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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3 Responses to Wandering around Chicago with The Seven-Year-Old: The Osaka Garden on Chicago’s Wooded Island

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    Never made it there when we lived in Indiana. It was on the list. Nice when it isn’t covered in ice and snow!

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  2. Pingback: What’s that green and red-striped bug? | CATERPICKLES

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