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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.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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  • Visited for Taste of Chicago. It is a huge park. Nice place for a picnic. There were many picnic tables. There is a ton of open space and trees- a great place to chill out in the middle of the city. A lot of shade yet still good sun- so you can get a tan or chill out in the shade.
  • The park itself is nice and maintained. We were here for the Taste of Chicago. Very disappointed how the Taste of Chicago has gone down hill. We would go every year and this will be our last. It seems to get smaller each year and nothing new to hold our interest. More and more advertisers seem to be here. Chicago Tribune Newspaper stands everywhere.
  • Just leaving Grand Park "Chicago Summer Dance" Featuring Step Dancing. Had a fantastic time! The crowd was friendly and the atmosphere was pleasant. I had a great time dancing. My family made me go to help with my bit of depression it's all gone now.
  • Grant Park is a great space for a long stroll near the lake and Millennium park attractions. I only rate it as average this time because we were there to see the Taste of Chicago and we were not particularly impressed by the amenities this year. We are getting older (70s) and really appreciate a handy place to sit down and relax. Not much opportunity for that at this Taste. Also, the vendors were pretty much the same except for the group of pop-up vendors and food trucks, which actually became the center of attraction for us and for lots of other people. Doom City was the top vendor for us.
  • I love Grant Park it hosts some of my favorite events like the Taste of Chicago. It's a great place to take people who aren't from the city or even if you are it's just a great place to hangout, meet up, take pictures or even picnic. Everybody wants to stop at Grant Park when they are in Chicago and it's not hard to understand why. It's beautiful.

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