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Oz Park, Chicago

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#17 of 44 in Parks in Chicago
Oz Park is a public park in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of North Side, Chicago. It is located at 2021 North Burling Street, at the corner of Lincoln and Webster, just south of the Lincoln, Halsted, and Fullerton intersection.The park borders Lincoln Park High School and features many statues fashioned after characters in The Wizard of Oz, a book which was authored by Chicago reporter Frank L. Baum. It is open from 6 AM to 11 PM, and pets are allowed.HistoryDuring the 1950s, the area surrounding what is now called Oz Park was in need of improvement. The City of Chicago gave the Lincoln Park Conservation Association permission to improve the community in the 1960s. In 1974, the Chicago Park District acquired the land and began constructing a park. Lyman Frank Baum, a children's author and the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was a resident of the Lincoln Park area in the 1890s. Remembering its former resident, fans of The Wizard of Oz would gather in the park for an Oz Festival to honor the famous book, movie, and author every year. The park was officially named Oz Park in 1976, The Oz Park Advisory Council raised the money to put sculptures of the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Dorothy & Toto by sculptor John Kearney in the Park.
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  • Great park, we stumbled upon it while walking around the city. Nice to see the tin man representing Oz.  more »
  • It is a park on the west side of Lincoln Park in Chicago. The park and zoo were very crowded on this weekend, but OZ Park was relatively quiet. It was fun to walk around looking at objects and sculptures in a park associated with the Wizard of Oz.
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  • Happened to stumble upon this park yesterday and loved it! It is a very well thought out park, from the 4 statues, meandering paths, Emerald City Gardens (my favorite part - so many types of flowers and plants!!), Dorothy’s playground, baseball field and basketball courts. It is a lovely place to spend some time if you’re in the area!
  • This is one of our favorite parks to go to. We have a two year old who loves to swing and this park has at least six swings available for little kids. Even if you need to wait for a swing you rarely wait long. Probably three or four slides to choose from but careful metal slides can be a little fast. Park is a good mix of older equipment and newer equipment but everything is in great shape. Even on a sunny day the park remains fairly shaded which is a plus.
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