Although Northerly Island's aviation days are over, its recreation days are just beginning. We walked out into the park on a sunny day recently, where the runways would have been, and noticed that it's easily accessible and it's right near the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. A long bike path winds around the park, and sculptures and the amazing city scenery keep walkers and joggers from getting too bored. There's even a beach!
If you're curious about what Northerly Island looked like as Meigs Field, here's a Google image of it.
How to get to Northerly Island: Take the 146 bus southbound down Michigan Avenue towards Museum Campus. The last stop of the 146 is Adler Planetarium, which is right at the entrance to the park. You can also walk down the lakefront path, or walk eastward from the Red Line El stop at Roosevelt.
What to do at Northerly Island: When there's not a concert happening at the open-air Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island, the park is a super quiet oasis just off of downtown. Go biking, jogging, walking, kite-flying...whatever. On hotter days there's swimming at 12th Street beach, and you can get snacks from the Adler Planetarium's cafeteria.
[All photos: Jaunted]