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Lurie Garden, Chicago

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#13 of 22 in Parks in Chicago
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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  • August 8, 2017
    I spent several hours here on a July morning and afternoon, while outside temps were in the low 80s and loved observing all of the plants and insects. THSeveral gardeners were out surveying each area ...  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    First of all, I was expecting this garden to be bigger. It's all of a two minute walk. It consists of almost all greenery with a few sparse wild flowers. I didn't see anything that struck me as uncomm...  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    This is a hidden gem. The gardens have outstanding views of Michigan Avenue buildings as a backdrop. The gardens have a representative Chicago River running through them where you can cool your feet o...  more »
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  • June 22, 2017
    Beautiful garden nice collection of flowers. nice colors
  • January 30, 2017
    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.
  • May 27, 2017
    Beautiful Garden when in bloom.. Such a relaxing part of the city!
  • July 5, 2017
    A beautiful garden with an array of water features
  • July 12, 2016
    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.

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