In 1953, the U.S. Army leased land from the Park District for a Nike missile base on a Jackson Park meadow. Soon afterward, it took part of Promontory Point for a radar site.
The radar towers stood south of the fieldhouse on a large tract surrounded by a barbed-wire fence. One of the towers reached 150 feet in height, and all of them dwarfed the turret of the fieldhouse. Many neighborhood residents resented the radar towers and their placement on the Point, but protests became vocal only in the Vietnam era. After the radar towers finally came down in 1971, there was a victory rally with the slogan, "We've won our Point."
--Excerpt from "Promontory Point: Lake Michigan at 55th Street, Chicago,
1937-1987" by John McDermott, Jr.
These are a series of caches placed along the Chicago Lakefront Trail started in the modern day by Slainte! but the original geocaching series concept was by Special Ed and Fallen Faery and a bookmark list of that series can be found at this link.
Per Wikipedia: “The Chicago Lakefront Trail (abbreviated as LFT) is a foreshoreway for walking and cycling, running 18-mile (29 km) along the coast of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois. The path connects various beaches and recreational amenities located along the lake front and also serves as an option to bicycle commuters.
The trail is located wholly within the Chicago city limits and spans from 7100 South/2560 East to 5800 North/1000 West. It is a dedicated-use path, although frequent intersections do pose a threat to path users. These intersections are clearly signed both to path users and motorists. From north to south, it runs through Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park and Jackson Park.” Maps of the Chicago Lakefront Trail are available at this link.
This series is not intended to be a “numbers run” (though it could certainly be one), but instead an opportunity for you to enjoy both geocaching and the city’s beautiful lakefront. The caches range in type of container, difficulty and terrain.
Finally … there are LOTS of placement opportunities along the LFT, so if anyone else wants to join the series, please do so!
Enjoy the great views, wonderful bike trail and fun caching along the LFT! Happy caching.