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Grant Park, Chicago

#10 of 31 in Parks in Chicago
Grant Park is a large urban park (319 acres or 1.29 km²) in the Loop community area of Chicago. Located in Chicago's central business district, the park's most notable features are Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus. Originally known as Lake Park, and dating from the city's founding, it was renamed in 1901 to honor Ulysses S. Grant. The park's area has been expanded several times through land reclamation, and was the focus of several disputes in the late 19th century and early 20th century over open space use. It is bordered on the north by Randolph Street, on the south by Roosevelt Road and McFetridge Drive, on the west by Michigan Avenue and on the east by Lake Michigan. The park contains performance venues, gardens, art work, sporting, and harbor facilities. It hosts public gatherings, and several large annual events.Grant park is called "Chicago's front yard". It is governed by the Chicago Park District.HistoryThe original plans for the town of Chicago left the area east of Michigan Avenue unsubdivided and vacant, and purchasers of Michigan Avenue lots were promised that it would remain unoccupied. When the former Fort Dearborn Reserve became part of the townsite in 1839, the plan of the area east of Michigan Avenue south of Randolph was marked "Public ground. Forever to remain vacant of buildings."
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  • This park has evolved into a wonderful park over the decades. Today there is definitely something for everyone. As a child, it was a green space for family picnics and music. Today picnics and so much...  more »
  • Grant park follows the equally krasny Millennium park. You will find in it, among other amazing Buckingham fountain, which certainly stands for the visit. Great views of the okolni skyline.
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  • Walked through this park on the way to lunch. It was a nice little strip in the middle of all the high rises. The sculpture area with the headless walking statues is really cool. My youngest thought i...  more »

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