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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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  • I expected at least a few flowers or little bushes rather than dry scrub and russet grass. Nevertheless location is excellent - you can't get enough of Chicago downtown view...  more »
  • At the end of September, it reminds you of your own garden that needs nursing and love.Built over the lid of an underground parking garage.  more »
  • Undeniably the point fort in this part of the Park: quiet! There's no crowd to the Cloud Gate. But the same crazy view of the buildings in the background! Course, the resplendent nature with plants and other beautiful flowers. Photography buffs, here you will enjoy! For my part I tried effects, but obviously I'm not yet an artist of the photo :) Enjoy
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  • Beautiful garden nice collection of flowers. nice colors
  • 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!
  • A beautiful garden with an array of water features
  • 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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