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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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  • August 9, 2017
    Beautiful place to sit in the grass, take a break from a busy day, enjoy the lush landscaping, or just enjoy your time alone or with a friend My daughter pulled out her sketch book and drew these beau...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    This is a tranquil and beautiful place to visit. It's size is deceiving because it's a long way from one end to the other.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Grant Park is adjacent to Millennium Park in Downtown Chicago. We walked through Grant Park on our way to the Planetarium. There are some fun artwork pieces throughout the park, and it's not as crowde...  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Wonderful Park, really clean. The Buckingham Fountain is really lovely. There's a very nice and vibrant atmosphere, quite a few cute restaurants/ cafes within the park itself which are within the view of the Buckingham Fountain. These are great as well. Lovely for a day out!
  • July 10, 2017
    Huge park that brings in tons of tourists. Very walkable. Large crowds and usually you can find food trucks and hot dog vendors. If you're visiting Chicago you're most likely going to end up in this park at some point in your trip for one reason or another
  • June 30, 2017
    It is a beautiful open space to walk in near the lake with great views of the city. Adjacent to the museum campus. Hosts concerts, art fairs, summer dance in the park and many other events. I love strolling through it in all seasons.
  • July 6, 2017
    Beautiful site and delicious hot dog concession stand. VERY CLEAN AND SAFE! CHICAGO POLICE DRY PROFESSIONAL AND KIND TO ALL. I FEEL VERY SECURE THERE!
  • July 4, 2017
    Really enjoyable time with my family. Beautiful sight. Only disappointment was when intoxicated and high woman insulted and harassed myself, my wife and children. And would not leave us alone. No police presence.

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