One of my favorite walks with Gus is down to the Chicago lakefront, ducking under Lake Shore Drive at Ohio Street, and going to Milton Olive Medal of Honor Park. PFC Olive sacrificed his life in 1965 at the age of 18 by smothering a grenade, saving the lives of other soldiers. The park on Lake Michigan was dedicated in Milton Olive’s honor in 1979.
Just to the North of the touristy Navy Pier, this park is quiet and offers sweeping views of downtown Chicago lakefront north of the river. The park is a favorite of wedding photographers. The Gold Coast, Hancock Tower and Northwestern University’s downtown campus are all presented in the distance, while swimmers and boaters lay casually in the foreground.