If the congestion and noise of the city ever get to you, consider popping into a soothing retreat tucked away off Fullerton just west of Cannon Drive. The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool has an immediate sedative effect so make a point to block out a little time there on those days you long for everyone to just evacuate the city so you can get a little peace & quiet!
Every time we go we seem to sit in a different place and just chill. Imagine two little kids (who are born to run!) asking to just sit and watch the ducks for a while. It's like a little slice of heaven. We chat about what our senses are picking up, throw in a little game of "I Spy" and then are off to hike up and down the layered limestone rock.
The southeast corner even has a little round limestone table and chair setup that begs for an impromptu picnic. Better yet, you can sketch what you see around you. The space is lush with greenery and newly sprouted flowers so as the colors are emerging it's a perfect time for creating art.
If you'd like to spend the day in the area, you have many free options from the lakefront to the zoo and conservatory. Or if you feel like a little excursion to see the butterflies the Nature Museum is right across the street to the north.
Whatever you do, take a moment to stop and take it all in. The Lily Pool brings a sense of beautiful sanity in an otherwise stressful day.