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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.
The 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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  • We came to get a break from the city and take a look around the green spaces. We enjoyed the view of Lake Michigan and the Buckingham Fountain. It was nice to just sit and enjoy the view. Only...  more »
  • Huge park. Has cool sculptures, places to eat, a giant fountain. I was here for Pokémon Go Fest and had a great time.  more »
  • Grant Park is among the city’s largest and oldest urban parks. I think most visitors will end up in Grant Park at some point during their trips. It’s location, right next to the Loop, makes it...  more »
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  • Chicago is beautiful. Well done City of Chicago. Well kept everywhere and clean all through the downtown and parks areas. I am one impressed visitor. Local people of the city where great too. Even the homeless people. Keep doing what you are doing.
  • We were strolling up Randolph Street, enjoying the city, enjoying the late-summer heat, but wondering what to do instead of joining the shopping trip the rest of our party was planning. It was the impressive gateway of the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors’ Garden in Maggie Daley Park that caught our attention and accidentally made up our minds as to the best way to pass an early afternoon. The garden is lovely, as are the idea behind it, and the unsentimental inscriptions on the plaques offering advice, encouragement and support to people who have or had cancer, and to people who love them.
  • This is a beautiful park. There is a nice walkway along the waterway and through some park areas. This also goes past the Buckingham fountain area. Simply a nice area with several areas to relax. It's also gorgeous at sunset and sunrise
  • One of the most attractive locations in Chicago's downtown! Grant Park is home to a lot of festivals! The Taste of Chicago, Blues Fest, Lollapalooza among others just to name a few. The Chicago Bean is also in Grant Park. A new sculpture that has started to represent Chicago's downtown and has and continues to attract tourist from around the world! They have summer movie nights available in their outside auditorium! Movies in the park among other shows and plays. Get to Chicago and visit this historic park. Create your own memories as you enjoy this beautiful city.
  • Grant park is amazing! I’m from NY and I think Grant Park has the best conditions for a music festival, afternoon walk, biking or running. It’s my favorite park in the country. In the center of Chicago, you can’t beat it. If I lived in Chicago I would want to live near this beautiful park with incredible views of the city!

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