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Grant Park, Chicago

Categories: Nature & Parks
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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.The park is often 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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  • The sculptures stands just outside the Best Western Grant Park Hotel. A little scary with the headless figures
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  • Very nice place to walk and see/feel Chicago at its best. The walk along the path in either direction is recommended. Must visit location when in Chicago. 
  • The beginning and the end of the marathon in Chicago are in the Park and on this day was wonderful, only had access to the corridors and still was packed.
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  • One of Chicago's greatest parks. It's massive and right downtown. It's a perfect way to spend a nice day outside. And, there's plenty to do in the surrounding area as well (from other parks/sites like the bean to restaurants to shopping to incredible architecture).
  • Grant Park is a gem in Chicago's downtown. Constantly hosting events from the Grant Park Music Festival to Lollapalooza, and I even play softball on one of the numerous fields on the weekend. It's amazing to enjoy walking through the park and down to the lakeshore, all while enjoying the gorgeous skyline of Chicago.
  • What a great place to see a concert festival or taste some great food. Don't forget the fountain!
  • The park is much less active than the Millennium Park but still nice and this fountain was much larger than we had imagined, it was very nice but there isn't really anywhere to sit or relax nearby and almost no shaded spots so it can get really hot. Compared to millennium park which had a much better setup to draw in people, this is just a fountain.
  • This park is one of the best I have ever came across, so many picture moments to capture. I will have to consider coming back here again.
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