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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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  • Holidaying in your country for 2 months with wife stayed in Chicago 5 nights, walked around this area & came across all these legs artwork. Not into art or art museums but this was interesting with al...  more »
  • According to these sculptures were feirta by the Polish artist when she was already with 80-something years reatratando the vision she had in childhood of war when opening the door: the Giants (to the vision of a child) German military who invaded the Po Ionia during the war, tense atmosphere perfectly perceived in the sculptures.
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  • Ain people, well filled with snow Hey most beautiful thing. Many great photos in this place, which has some pretty big statues too.
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