Sep 1, 2022 - Things to Do

Secret hammock spots for Labor Day

Photo of a woman's feet on a hammock.

Hammock spot near Northerly Island. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

👋 Hey, it's Monica. I always keep a hammock in my bike basket and car, just in case I find two perfect trees with a view.

Driving the news: Over the years, I've gathered a mental list of ideal spots for a hammock-centric mini-vacation.

As we head into the ultimate hammock stretch — Labor Day Weekend — I'm sharing them for the first time ever.

The list: Each area features several trees and/or poles to set up one or more hammocks:

  • Grassy area between the bike path and lake along Lakefront Trail between McCormick Place and Northerly Island.
  • The far east end of Olive Park has rows of trees that look like they were planted specifically for hammocking. The west end also has some nice spots right next to the lake.
  • Upper picnic area above 31st Street Harbor with lots of poles around picnic tables and nearby prairie grass gardens.

📬 Reply with your favorite hammock spots around the Chicago area.

  • And we hope you have a restful Labor Day weekend — preferably with some hammock time!
Photo of trees.
Hammock heaven in Olive Park. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios
Photo of a woman in a hammock.
Monica enjoys winter hammock time with Belle the dog at 31st Street Harbor. Photo courtesy of Colin McMahon

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