A place to discover nature

in Lincoln Square

The Welles Park Advisory Council, in partnership with the Chicago Park District and Friends of the Parks, are working to create a space for nature in the city.

In a city known for its parks, its river and its lakefront, this space will be special because it will be designed for unstructured nature play for children of all ages.

This NaturePlace  will take the place of a former playground near the busy intersection of Western and Montrose Avenues but will serve as a wild place, full of hidden nooks, climbing challenges and buzzing wildlife.


In order to provide all the elements that the Lincoln Square community requested in our planning meetings and to help cover some of the on-going maintenance and care, the Welles Park Advisory Council needs additional funds. And that is where you come in. We need your support:

  • Funding – Please visit our Crowdrise site and donate today.* Share this incredible project with your friends, co-workers and family members. If you have an idea for fundraising for the project please contact us.
  • Volunteer – There are a number of events and activities planned as we lead up to opening of the space. Contact us to learn more about how you can help or attend one of the month ‘Greening Committee Meetings‘ listed on our events calendar.
  • Join Us – We always need more help on the Advisory Council and with the Greening Committee.

For each of you that remembers how magical nature can be and the confidence and excitement you gained from exploring a ‘wild’ place, join us and let’s bring some nature to our neighborhood!


If you have any questions about this project or anything related to the Welles Park Advisory Council please email us at

*If you would rather donate by check, you can make it out to ‘Welles Park Advisory Council’ and drop it in a sealed envelope at the main desk in the Welles Park Field House.

UPDATE – The site is under construction. Stop by to check out the progress and stay-tuned for a ribbon-cutting sometime in 2017.