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Grant Park, Chicago

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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.
The 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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  • Grant Park and Daly Park... filled with so many wonderful family oriented activities and spaces throughout the park: -mini golf -play structures for toddlers -play structures for older kids -rock clim...  more »
  • Park that geographically continues to the Millenium Park, towards the area of the museums (planetarium, aquarium and Field). I would recommend it for a hike on the shores of Lake Michigan. Very calm and scenically careful to the extreme. A spectacle in sight the maintenance of the green areas.
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  • A massive and beautiful park area in the heart of the Chicago Loop. A good place to park is the Grant Park North Garage, which you enter at 25 Michigan Avenue. Grant Park lies in between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive/Lake Michigan. The area is huge, and there’s plenty to explore within the park and in the surrounding downtown area. The park is also home to many Chicago festivals, including Lollapalooza. If you’re in Chicago, Grant Park is a must-visit.
  • Wonderful place to visit, whether you're a local or a visitor. In the summer there a lot of flowers and grassy sections to sit on, enjoy the day and people watch. There's always some kind of event going on, whether its Taste of Chicago or Blues Fest. Visit Buckingham Fountain and take a stroll along the lake.

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