Luckily for us, we have some amazing friends who live near Washington and Jackson parks, and took us on a tour. Both gorgeous Charlie:
Washington Park is completely enormous and makes you feel like you're not even in the city. They were planning on hosting the Olympics in this park, and it is currently home to a hip-hop circus. Plus they have an outrageous fountain:
Midway Plaisance which was actually home to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair which is depicted in this amazing book. You can't take a ride on the El without seeing at least one person reading it. Besides strolling through these amazing parks, you can also see the University of Chicago campus, and Obama's Chicago home.