OZ Park -- Chicago Landmark

September 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Like all great cities, Chicago is made up of wonderful neighborhoods.  One of these is Lincoln Park, and in Lincoln Park is Oz Park.  In the late 1800s, Lyman Frank Baum lived in the neighborhood.  Baum is the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, among other books.  Fans of the book and movie would gather at the park in Lincoln Park for an Oz Fest each year. 

Heart for the Tin ManHeart for the Tin Man

Within the park are statues of some of the main characters: Dorothy and Toto, the Tin Man, the Lion, and the Scarecrow.  With modern technology, you can use your phone to scan a QR code and listen to a message from Dorothy, the Lion, and the Tin Man.  There are additional statues in Lincoln Park and around Chicagoland of characters and historical figures that also have messages you can listen to on your phone. 

Magical Red ShoesMagical Red Shoes

We enjoyed a walk around the park, the playgrounds, playing fields, playgrounds(Dorothy's Playlot), and the garden (Emerald Garden).  There were trees for shade and open green spaces for taking in the sun.

Hand of the ScarecrowHand of the Scarecrow

Which is your favorite character from the movie, The Wizard of Oz?  And why is that one your favorite?  We'd love to hear your thoughts and comments!

Courageous LionCourageous Lion


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