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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.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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  • I loved the look of this piece. Invoked many different possible visions of exactly where these ' people' were headed. Or not headed 
  • We were there at the beginning of November. We walked from the Hilton south to the Adler Planetarium then north to the Art Institute of Chicago, a walk which took a bit over two hours. The paths are g...  more »
  • Here we were part of the hop-on-hop-of tour (recommended), otherwise you will pass there do not necessarily
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  • Really nice and huge park with an amazing fountain at the centre of it. Plenty to walk around and see and nice to be on the lake side. Well maintained and good facilities and not far from anywhere.
  • Have run the Chase 5k and the Hot Chocolate 5k / 15K at this park as attended the taste of Chicago. Its a very lovely park with great views of the Skyline as well as the lake. Its a very friendly place to spend an afternoon.
  • It is kept very clean by the Chicago Park Authority. Well lit at night. Fantastic landscaping. Great access to buses and trains.
  • Awesome place to hang out and have a stroll! Could easily spend an hour walking around on a day when it's not hot out. Incredible way to see the view of the city.
  • Iconic and historic for Chicago. A MUST see if you're visiting for the first time! Enjoy our city!