The Run Down
For this guide, we head to the Southwest Chicago neighborhood of Bridgeport to get some donuts and take a stroll through what once was a 27 acre rock quarry. And we’re going to do all this while also practicing physical distancing. Here are the highlights.
1. Coffee and Breakfast @Bridgeport Bakery
2. Nature walk and kite flying @Palmisano Park
1. Bridgeport Bakery
If you haven’t had a paczkis before, it’s basically a Polish doughnut. They make them with a bunch of different fillings. The fruit fillings are similar to what you find in jelly donuts. The custard filling, however, is where it’s at. It’s velvety, creamy, and just a well balanced dessert.
You can really stock up on these too. Everything in here ranges from $0.75 to $1.50. That’s a lot of paczkis for not a whole lot of dough.
2. PALMISANO PARK
A few blocks away is one of Chicago’s many amazing parks. This 27 acre park was established in 2009, and was a well over due addition to the Bridgeport neighborhood which was in need of some major green space. Before being a park, this space was a landfill — before that it was a rock quarry — and before that it was the site of an ancient coral reef dating back 400 million years ago. Just a few factoids to impress all your friends.
Today, the quarry is filled with water and is now small fishing pond open to visitors. Criss crossing the park are trails and metal walking paths that lead you down to the pond or atop a hill with a scenic overview of the city. The top of the hill has a fairly large open space, which makes it a prime spot for kite flying.