Explore the fairy houses in Chicago’s parks this summer


Calling all Tinker Bell fans: Grab your wands, wings, and hiking boots, as fairy houses have sprung up in 20 Chicago natural areas.

The Chicago Park District is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the CPD Natural Areas and Community Stewardship program with 20 Fairy Houses this summer. Designed and built by groups of volunteers, the miniature houses furnished with flowers, stones and feathers are on display until September 15.

How did fairy houses come into being?

When the park district began to brainstorm ideas for celebrating the anniversary, the idea of ​​magic in nature “surfaced” in fairy houses, according to Kristin Brock, director of the education unit. outdoor and environmental park district.

Each group of volunteers through the community stewardship program received a basic kit of supplies and minimal instructions, Brock says.

“Each of these fairy houses exceeded my expectations for what I thought they would be out of the water,” she says.

Some of these magical structures include the “Fairy Village” in the Marquette Park Natural Area, the “Dazzled Sanctuary” in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, and “Fairies: Like You and Me but Tiny” in the McKinley Park Natural Area. .

Whether you like to be active outdoors or enjoy natural areas for their quiet seclusion, says Brock, parks are great for all ages.

“There is something for everyone in nature,” says Brock. “Fairy houses are fun, they are creative. I think they will inspire people to go and visit natural areas and see other parts of the city.

There are over 90 CPD Natural Areas throughout the city that preserve 1,890 acres of grasslands, dunes, wetlands, lagoons and other natural lands. Visitors can explore “wetlands teeming with frogs and turtles, meadows buzzing with small birds, and savannahs filled with butterflies and wildflowers” by checking out these fairy house displays, according to a press release from the park district. .

Where can I find the fairy houses?

Families can find Fairy Houses with the interactive map featured on the Chicago Park District website. The organizers encourage fairy explorers to share their experiences on Instagram and Twitter with #FairyHousesChicago.

Here is the full list of where to find the 20 Fairy Houses:

  • Moswood: Big Marsh, 11559 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago
  • Untitled: Bobolink Meadow at Jackson Park, 6000 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
  • Dazzled shrine: Burnham Wildlife Corridor – 35th Street Bridge, 3500 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
  • Untitled: Burnham Wildlife Corridor – McCormick Bird Sanctuary, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
  • The water: Columbus Park Natural Area, 500 S. Central Ave., Chicago
  • Untitled: Garfield Park Natural Area, 100 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago
  • Paradise for fairytale artists: Humboldt Park Natural Area, 1400 N. Sacramento Ave., Chicago
  • Mini Marshes of the Indian Ridge: Indian Ridge Marsh, 11740 S. Torrence Ave., Chicago
  • Fairy village: Marquette Park Natural Area, 6743 S. Kedzie Ave., Chicago
  • Fairies: Like you and me, but tiny: McKinley Park Natural Area, 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago
  • Fairy castle of bumblebees and butterflies: Nichols Park Wildflower Meadow, 1355 E. 53rd St., Chicago
  • Peas: Palmisano Natural Area, 2850 S. Halsted St., Chicago
  • Magic hut: Ping Tom Memorial Park Natural Area, 300 W. 18th St., Chicago
  • The fairies go crazy Kratts: Riis Park Natural Area, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago
  • Faerie Chocolatier Ltée: Rutherford Sayre Nature Area, 6871 W. Belden Ave., Chicago
  • Spring at the Cultural Center: South Shore Natural Sanctuary, 7059 S. South Shore Drive, Chicago
  • Untitled: Steelworkers Park Natural Area, 87th and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
  • The sweetness of the home: Washington Park Natural Area, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago
  • Untitled: West Pullman Nature Area, 400 W. 123rd St., Chicago
  • Playground pollinators: West Ridge Nature Park, 5601 N. Western Ave., Chicago

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