Downtown Chicago Birding / Walking Tour Professional Review and Guide
"If you’re vacationing or if you work in downtown Chicago, you can enjoy an hour or two of birding in the morning before you visit the museums for sightseeing or start your day’s job. Or if you’ve planned a day of shopping downtown, you can start the morning birding first. Even lunch hour can be productive here during migration. While you may see fewer species than at the Magic Hedge at Montrose Harbor or Jackson Park, you’ll find some good birding spots within walking distance of downtown hotels and offices.
In addition, certain areas can attract large numbers of migrants at the right time. In late fall, winter, and early spring, ducks and gulls congregate in lakefront harbors, open water, and in the Chicago River. During migration, you can see a number of migrant passerines feeding in downtown parks and plazas or flying on the lakefront and along the river. Snowy Owls often spend much of the winter near Meigs Field, and Peregrine Falcons nest on downtown building ledges. Key birds: Migratory ducks, gulls, warblers, sparrows, and other passerines; wintering Snowy Owl and breeding Peregrine Falcon. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."