Free tour

Chicago Bird Walk in North Pond, Lincoln Park

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Steph
Registered on February 15, 2023

Hi! My name is Steph and I am a bird lover and enthusiast. As a world traveler, I have had the opportunity to experience birds all over the world. I have spent hundreds of hours bird watching at North Pond in Lincoln Park and have a unique understanding of bird behaviors in and around the area.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Learn all about Illinois bird residents that live and feed in North Pond, Chicago!
Grab a pair of binoculars to accompany your journey as we walk through Lincoln Park noting the beautiful and numerous birds we find along the way.

Herons, Swallows, Ducks and Sparrows!
We will walk through North Pond, to experience and discuss the life cycle of Herons and Ducks that visit the pond. As we continue on our walk, we will walk along Southern Fullerton Harbor to discuss Swallows and Gulls. As we loop around the zoo, we will stop to discuss more uncommon visitors such as Ducks and Herons. During zoo operating hours, we will stop in to continue a discussion about endangered Ducks that were one day local residents to Chicago. We will then walk back to the pond to the west side of the pond and complete our bird walk.
Book this bird tour for your upcoming trip to the Windy City, any time of the year, our lovely pond has much wildlife to offer and up to 30 different birds!

Since this tour is free, my income is based in tips and are highly appreciated. For an idea of what tip may feel more appropriate given your tour experience, please note the below:
Fun tour, and interested in more = $20
Great walk = $30
An excellent experience = $50
Please bring cash as I do not accept other methods of payment.

Additional information:
If you are interested in a fine dining experience following our bird walk, please reach out to me at least 2 weeks prior to travel to secure a reservation at the local North Pond restaurant with a beautiful view that overlooks the very same birds we will see on our walk the same day. 

If you are someone who identifies as disabled and require accommodations for this tour, I may be contacted to confirm that those be made in preparation of the tour. 

If you require binoculars, please reach out and I can confirm availability. 

The completion of this tour is dependent on the birds we see as we walk. As such, the time length provided is an estimate. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    2610 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
    2610 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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    I will be in front of the restaurant North Pond, there are many benches in front of the restaurant and can idle there as we wait to begin the tour. I can be recognized by my forest green umbrella.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    North Pond Nature Sanctuary
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Lincoln Park Zoo
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Lincoln Park Conservatory

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Abbey 28 Jul 2023

Great tour - Would recommend for visitors to the city or long-time locals! Steph gave an excellent and informative bird walking tour through the Lincoln Park/North Pond area. She was extremely knowledgable about different local bird species and their habitat in the area. I’ve lived in the neighborhood for years and had no idea how diverse the local fauna was. Steph’s tour definitely gave me a greater appreciation for the nature right here in the city and sparked a newfound love of birding.
Brian 24 Jul 2023

Very informative and fun! Definitely will come back to the area.
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.