Parks of Chicago
Chicago is known for it’s modern architecture, skyscrapers and cityscape. But another great feature in Chicago are the beautiful parks and recreation space, right in the heart of downtown. From Grant Park, Millennium Park and the new Maggie Daley Park, there is much to explore in the Windy City.
Grant Park, Chicago’s Front Yard
Grant Park is 319-acres of public park for Chicagoans and Visitors to enjoy, year round. Grant Park is comprised of Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Buckingham Fountain and the Art Institute.
Named for Ulysses S. Grant, Grant Park is home to baseball diamonds, tennis courts, breathtaking gardens, and multiple music and food festivals. The centerpiece of Grant Park would be Buckingham Fountain – one of the world’s largest fountains. The fountain operates seasonally from May to October.
Millennium Park is comprised of many popular attractions such as the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate (or the “Bean”), the Crown Fountain and the Lurie Garden over 24.5 acres of space. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by architect Frank Gehry features many free concerts, movie nights, and festivals throughout the year. You can enjoy performances in one of the 4,000 seats or find a cozy place to relax in the 95,000 square foot lawn area.
Maggie Daley Park
In 2012, a renovation of the northeastern section of Grant Park turned into Maggie Daley Park – dedicated in honor of Maggie C Daley, Chicago’s longtime first lady. Maggie Daley was dedicated to improving the lives of children and all citizens of Chicago. Today, Maggie Daley Park is home to an extensive children’s playground, ice skating ribbon, climbing wall and mini-golf course.
Rain or shine, summer, fall or winter – Chicago’s Parks are an experience to behold!