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Osaka Japanese Garden
Jackson Park was designed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition by Frederick Law Olmsted (who, along with Calvert Vaux, was also responsible for New York's Central Park). Much of the Exposition was located here, although of the structures built for this site, only the Museum of Science and Industry -- the Exposition's Fine Arts Building -- remains. Olmsted designed Jackson Park's central Wooded Island as a respite from the fair hoopla; Osaka Garden is on the spot where the Japanese Pavilion's Ho-o-Den, or Phoenix Hall, once stood. Try this route to find it: Enter on Science Drive from Lakeshore Drive, go left on Columbia, then park in the metered lot and follow the pagoda signs to the garden's entrance. Inside, stand on the garden's bridge. It frames a lovely view of the Museum of Science and Industry that makes it easy to imagine what the rest of the ¿White City¿ once looked like. The main draw, however, is Osaka Garden itself, an urban sanctuary that embodies in exquisite, bonsai-like miniature the peaceful environs of Wooded Island as a whole.
On Jackson Park's Wooded Island, 6401 S. South Stony Island Ave.
June 5, 2013