Ellen asked about the Magic Hedge, a primo place for birding in Chicago. (Thanks, Ellen!)
This article describes it and this childlike map shows how to get there from Lake Shore Drive. I think it’s amusing that nowhere on the map does it actually say where the Hedge is; you just have to infer it from the section on the drawing that looks like someone dribbled globs of mashed potatoes on it. (Hint: Look for the fancy letter “P”–for potatoes.)
Directions: Take the Montrose Avenue exit off the Lake Shore Drive, heading toward Lake Michigan. Take a right where Montrose Harbor Drive splits off and drive about an eighth of a mile. Park along the road (by the fancy “P”); the marina will be on your right, and the Magic Hedge on the left. It’s marked by a sign. If all else fails, following the clumps of birders following other birders.