A 17-acre park along the South Branch of the Chicago River, Ping Tom combines some diverse contrasts: lovely green landscaping, “Asian-inspired” architecture, the very urban river, and even more urban remnants of the area’s industrial past.
One walks across train tracks to enter the park and then is greeted by flowers, evergreens, and willow trees on a beautifully green lawn. A pagoda-style shelter hugs the concrete banks of the river, while paths lead south toward Chinatown proper and north under the 18th street bridge to more park and a canoe and kayak rental facility.
The views of Chicago’s downtown skyline are stunning but the sight of the old warehouses and black-steeled railroad bridges has its own gritty appeal as well.
Ping Tom is located at 18th and Wentworth – perfect for a walk before or after a meal in Chinatown.