Often referred to as Chicago’s front yard, Grant Park is where Chicago comes together. Situated between the Chicago Loop and Lake Michigan this beautifully landscaped park features the famous Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park and lovely gardens landscaped in the Beaux Arts style typically found in the United States between 1880 and the 1920’s. Buckingham Fountain is just one of many of the beautiful and ornate Beaux Arts features and is equally impressive during the winter months when it’s intricately decorated in festive lights.
Chicago’s oldest park dating back to 1844, Grant Park (originally called Lake Park) was renamed in 1901 for Ulysses S. Grant, famous general from the American Civil War and former President of the United States. It was from this park where Barack Obama made his famous election night victory speech on the night he won the 2008 presidential election.
The park features wonderful concert venues, wide open spaces for public gatherings and special events throughout the year, one of the most famous being “Taste of Chicago.” Every July restaurants from around the city come together creating the world’s biggest food festival where culinary delights of every type can be found. Music is another staple of Grant Park where rock, jazz and blues and classical concerts can be enjoyed throughout the summer. One of the world’s great art museums, The Art Institute of Chicago is also located in Grant Park along with Museum Campus encompassing The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium.
Grant Park is just blocks from the Loop and bordered by Michigan Avenue making it easily accessible from any point in the city. Buses run up and down Michigan Avenue throughout the day or consider a leisurely stroll from North Michigan Avenue. The “L” is always a convenient way of getting to the park with all stops along the Loop within a short walking distance.