The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
We started our homeschool year about a month ago, so we were ready to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather yesterday with a field trip up to Chicago and the Lincoln Park Zoo. Because we have limited funds and want to take a few more field trips this fall, we opted for this zoo over the Brookfield zoo because it is free, and while parking is pretty pricey, it is simple enough to park several blocks away if you are willing to walk -- especially on a weekday.
Parking and walking had the added benefit of allowing us to walk to a lovely coffee shop on the way to the zoo -- Noble Tree Coffee & Tree -- and to take a leisurely stroll past North Pond and the Lily Pool -- both of which have been renovated since my days living in Chicago.
I took no photos of animals, so I'll spare you that, but I will say that it is an absolutely lovely zoo -- even more so since they have done extensive renovations of the animal houses and landscaped the zoo beautifully over the past decade or so.
Being able to take field trips like this is one of the reasons I love homeschooling!