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Lurie Garden, Chicago

#13 of 44 in Parks in Chicago
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lurie Garden is a 2.5-acre (10,000 m2) garden located at the southern end of Millennium Park in the Loop area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Designed by GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol), Piet Oudolf, and Robert Israel, it opened on July 16, 2004. The garden is a combination of perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees. It is the featured nature component of the world's largest green roof. The garden cost $13.2 million and has a $10 million endowment for maintenance and upkeep. It was named after Ann Lurie, who donated the $10 million endowment. For visitors, the garden features guided walks, lectures, interactive demonstrations, family festivals and picnics.
The Garden is composed of two "plates" protected on two sides by large hedges. The dark plate depicts Chicago's history by presenting shade-loving plant material. The dark plate has a combination of trees that will provide a shade canopy for these plants when they fill in. The light plate, which includes no trees, represents the city's future with sun-loving perennials that thrive in the heat and the sun.
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  • I visited here, as part of my visit to Millennium Park. Being someone that loves nature, the garden was a delight to me.  more »
  • It worths a visit and having a look for a variety of pretty flowers. It is a well-maintained park and it is located in the great Miliniieum Park.  more »
  • One doesn't expect to see an authentic meadow in the middle of one of the world's largest metropolis. At no charge. It was in full glory in late summer. The diversity was spectacular, and not lost on the many bees and butterflies collecting the abundance of floral rewards for their pollination services. At one point, I interacted with a guide, who gave me very interesting information about specific plant species. For the kids, there is an artificial stream running through the garden, and on this hot humid day, both parents and kids were sitting on the granite blocks, dipping their feet.
  • All the spring flowers are in bloom, and this place is beautiful! You can smell the narcissus, as their fragrance fills the air. A mallard bathed in the stream and looked expectantly at the people on the boardwalk; eventually some folks came with bread and the duck had his snack.

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