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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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  • South of Millennium Park, Grant Park is old school but more charming and beautiful as it is right on the lake. The Buckingham Fountain still looks impressive after all these years.  more »
  • Do visit here as it's great do get some photos, the legs are weird but fascinating. Situated near South Michigan Avenue, you could start your tour of the city and work your way upwards like we did.  more »
  • What a great park for locals and tourist to stretch their legs and take a walk. The Gardens, especially the rose gardens are excellent, as are the trees and plenty of park benches for a rest and peopl...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.