Finding a great view in Chicago often requires a skyscraper’s observatory or a bar’s rooftop deck. But a short hike into Bridgeport’s Palmisano Park provides a surprisingly scenic perspective of the city, not to mention access to urban nature. In 2009, this former limestone quarry metamorphosed into a multitiered park district gem, now known for its native landscaping. Almost two miles of paths — standard concrete, metal-grated walkways and gravel trails — zigzag through its 26-plus acres. Head below street level to the quarry pond to get Zen with the ducks and fish. Ready for that cityscape? Climb the gentle slope of the park’s big hill, dubbed “Mount Bridgeport,” for one of the best views of the Loop anywhere. From up top, you can watch folks flying kites in summer or sledding in the winter as the skyline looms in the distance. Or turn your back to the skyscrapers and enjoy a serene vantage point for watching the sunset. 2700 S. Halsted St., Bridgeport