Officially known as the Mary Burkemeier Quinn Park-of-Trees, the land on which the park sits once contained the home and outbuildings where Mary and her husband lived. After their deaths, it was discovered that the land had been given to the City of Chicago as a park, with the stipulation that the city maintain it with at least 21 different types of trees. The result is a woodsy, not-quite-wild parcel of land where doggos are welcome on leash, and where you'll find plants and animals in abundance.
The park is located adjacent to the Edgebrook Golf Course and Edgewood Forest. Two sides are abutted by quiet residential streets lined with stately houses. The quiet surrounds of nature will envelop you and Fido as you stroll through a grove of trees containing black and white oaks, maples, lindens, cottonwoods and elms. Along the way you'll also spy spring flowers like colorful trillium, spring beauties and trout lilies. The flowers attract butterflies, birds and bees and their constant work of eating and pollinating goes on around you.
Some of the park is lawn, and there are small pen-like areas surrounded by old wooden farm fencing. There are no restrictions where you and your fur-baby wander, but please be sure to carry out what you carry in, and dispose of your pup's waste. The North Branch of the Chicago River flows nearby and you may see signs of waterfowl, amphibians like frogs, and other animals near it. Signage reminding visitors to respect the flora and fauna are posted here and there. Be sure to keep Fido firmly leashed to prevent scary lunging and chasing of the small beasts that live here. Also bring water for you and your pup to share.
While this is not a huge, expansive park, it does feature a sense of isolation and tranquility when you're within it. It's a pawrfect place to learn about some of the trees and other natural resources only 7 miles from The Loop!