4. Japanese Garden in Jackson Park

Location: 6401 S Stony Island Ave.
Website: hydepark.org

Hidden behind Hyde Park's Museum of Science and Industry is a lush oasis where you can escape from just about anything—including Chicago itself. Located on the “Wooded Island,” and reachable only by footbridges, the Osaka Japanese Garden sports quiet pools, gardens, and a replica of the Phoenix temple near Kyoto. You'll think you've left more than just the Windy City.