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Check Out Maggie Daley Park ... From Space



Photo credit: Daily Overview | Image (c) 2016, DigitalGlobe, Inc.
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DOWNTOWN — Anyone who's visited Maggie Daley Park (or any of the thousands arriving for Lollapalooza this weekend) can immediately recognize its cascading hills and winding trails that are all too rare among Downtown's grid. 

It looks pretty cool from space, too. 

In this photo, taken from a satellite almost 400 miles in the air, the Downtown lakefront, Chicago's front lawn, is a study in contrasts.

On the right, Buckingham Fountain stands out as the focal point of an ornate design of landscaping and paths.

There's also the great expanse of Grant Park's Petrillo Bandshell and lawn above the fountain. The baseball fields of Hutchinson Field rest below the fountain.

To the south, you can see Soldier Field getting a new round of sod. To the west, the boom in new housing in the South Loop is shielded by trees.

You can see boats docking in the Dusable, Monroe and Burnham harbors, the summer homes to over 2,300 boats. And beyond, there's the endless blue of Lake Michigan.

As for latest addition to the front lawn, the highlights of the $60 million Maggie Daley Park, named for Chicago's former first lady, are easy to spot. Scrunched between the more linear Grant and Millennium parks, Maggie Daley Park is meant as a counterpoint that's "topographically dramatic" and "relentlessly heterogeneous," according to its landscape architect.

This is the first image in a new DNAinfo feature we’re calling Neighborhood Portrait, a collection of images that captures and celebrates the uniqueness and beauty of our neighborhoods. In addition to photos from our neighborhood reporters, we’ve partnered with Daily Overview to showcase their unique photography. You can sign up to receive more stunning photos from the Neighborhood Portrait series delivered directly to your inbox.

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