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Lurie Garden, Chicago

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Lurie Garden is a 2.5acre garden located at the southern end of Millennium Park in the Loop area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Designed by Kathryn Gustafson, Piet Oudolf, and Robert Israel, it opened on July 16, 2004. The garden is a combination of perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees. It is the featured nature component of the world's largest green roof. The garden cost $13.2 million and has a $10 million endowment for maintenance and upkeep. It was named after Ann Lurie, who donated the $10 million endowment. For visitors, the garden features guided walks, lectures, interactive demonstrations, family festivals and picnics.The Garden is composed of two "plates" protected on two sides by large hedges. The dark plate depicts Chicago's history by presenting shade-loving plant material. The dark plate has a combination of trees that will provide a shade canopy for these plants when they fill in. The light plate, which includes no trees, represents the city's future with sun-loving perennials that thrive in the heat and the sun.
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TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful, if very small, flower garden at the south end of Millenium Park. Has a running water feature. In abundant bloom in summer. Probably barren in winter and early spring. Few places to sit, and...  more »
  • This is a lovely garden off of Lake Michigan near the Art Institute. Peaceful walk, free of charge, and beautiful views of downtown Chicago  more »
  • Beautiful foliage, I must visit in the Spring. Don't take children in August because there are a lot of bees and they swing at them.  more »
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  • I would say that Lurie Garden is the hidden gem of Millennium Park. The garden is often less packed than the rest of the park and makes for a great place to take a peaceful walk. The garden is also a great way to see what the area would have looked like before the city was developed.
  • Beautiful Garden when in bloom.. Such a relaxing part of the city!
  • Love this part of Chicago, they have a nice stream where you can dip your feet into. Beautiful planets and flowers overlooking the skyscrapers. Right in between busy roads, but the foliage acts as sound absorbers, giving you a moment of peace and quiet in the busy city.
  • Really unique Garden right within Millennium Park. Nice for macro photography shots of flowers with the city in the background
  • The best public garden in the city. A really great collection of native plants aside a boardwalk and water feature. Tends to get crowded in the summer afternoons.