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Lurie Garden, Chicago
(4.7/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Lurie is a public park, Botanical Garden, broken down between the stage Henry and Chicago Art Institute building on the roof of the Millennium Park garage. The garden has an innovative landscaping and is an excellent spot in the middle of the busy city.
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  • The fall phase of the garden was earthy and colourful. I enjoyed the melancholy feel. The Lurie was lovingly maintained.....remarkable for such a large busy city. 
  • Lurie GArden is essential simply because ' it is located on your way between The Cloud Gate, Crown fountain and Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The small stream is so nice heat. We sat there, letting hang our feet aching in fresh water. What could be more friendly. The view there is simply beautiful. In August, the flowers were still beautiful.
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  • 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.
  • A beautiful spot to enjoy some peace and quiet in the middle of a bustling city. The garden is incredibly well-maintained with a number of beautiful specimens.
  • 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.
  • Really unique Garden right within Millennium Park. Nice for macro photography shots of flowers with the city in the background
  • I love to come here in all seasons, camera in hand to compose beautiful shots of the landscape with city highrises the background. It's a fun slit to learn about nature in the city.