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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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  • I came here on a Friday morning before the Art Institute of Chicago opened. The garden was kinda ugly to be honest. Everything was dead and brown. There were supposedly a few plants that a small sign ...  more »
  • Very quiet and almost forgotten area near the Bean and Millennium park. But not to be ignored, since here you get the opportunity to take excellent pictures of Chicago's skyline. Great place to be awa...  more »
  • Millennium Park whom visit, should definitely also equally by the Lurie Garden walk. This garden is laid out by the Dutch garden architect Piet Oudolf and looks of spring, summer and fall again and again different. An oasis of silence in a busy city.
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  • This garden is so beautiful for people to visit and take pictures. Do you know by the original design that the flower beds should contain 26,000 perennial plants in 250 varieties!
  • A brilliant urban oasis! The boardwalk and water feature, perfect for dipping ones toes in on a hot day, is truly a hidden gem. An absolute must for anyone passing through Millennium Park. Didn't want to leave after lazing away for awhile in the water, and strolled down the remaining boardwalk barefoot as my feet dried in an attempt to hold onto the moment.
  • Along with the Pritzker pavilion and Maggie Daley park, this area has some pretty neat spaces. The Lurie garden provides a nice steering for city photos, and has provides enough seclusion for a quick lunch break or to read a book.
  • Beautiful example of an urban garden with native plants and serene atmosphere with amazing (and different) skyscrapers in the background. It gets very crowded during weekends and holidays.
  • A very lovely park with fantastic Chocago skyline in the background.

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