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Grant Park is one of Chicago’s most loved and diverse public parks, with a host of family-friendly attractions and activities. It spreads across 319 acres (129 hectares) between Michigan Avenue and the banks of Lake Michigan. Grant Park is a scenic area blessed with everything from concert venues and museums to public art, statues and well-groomed lawns. Walk along wide tree-lined promenades dissecting the park.
Admire the park’s collection of statues. In the geographical heart is the beautiful Buckingham Fountain, which displays an hourly 20-minute water show from April to late October, with lights and music after dusk. A short walk from here, see a monument of a seated Abraham Lincoln and an equestrian statue of General John Logan. Wander through the different gardens to appreciate geometric designs, colorful rose bushes, orderly flowerbeds and seasonal vegetables.
Visit the park’s southwest corner to see Agora, a display of 106 headless torso sculptures inspired by the layout of a Greek plaza. Watch baseball and softball matches at the diamonds in Hutchinson Field. Enjoy uninterrupted views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline from the Lakefront Trail. Ice-skating is possible from November to March at the Skating Ribbon in the Maggie Daley Park area.
Browse exhibits from the 300,000 pieces of global art at the Art Institute of Chicago. To the south, the park incorporates the entertaining attractions of the Museum Campus. Among these are Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. Catch an NFL game at Soldier Field, the home stadium of the Chicago Bears.
Time your visit to coincide with a busy schedule of summer cultural events. The Petrillo Music Shell is a stage for regular blues, country, jazz and other concerts. Sample mouthwatering dishes at July’s Taste of Chicago food festival. June’s Chicago Blues Festival and July’s Lollapalooza welcome some of the biggest names in world music.
Grant Park is just a short walk from the Printers Row and Loop – Downtown districts. Get here easily via public buses and the L train from other areas of the city. Restrooms are located throughout the park.
Like to make your stop at Grant Park even more unforgettable? Don't forget to try some of these things to do:
When organizing your visit, you might want to consider buying a 2 Hour Segway Tour or a 2.5 hr Chicago Lakefront & Museum Campus Segway Tour.
For even more things to do, peruse our Chicago things to do page.
Built in 1893, this downtown Chicago hotel offers a convenient location across from Grant Park and close to Lake Michigan.
This 1925 Beaux Arts-style Chicago hotel is steps from Millennium Park, 2 blocks from Macy's and the Art Institute, and 1 mile from Lake Michigan, Magnificent Mile shopping, and Wrigley Tower.
This Magnificent Mile hotel is located among Chicago's world-class shopping, restaurants and attractions. The Navy Pier, Millennium Park and Art Institute are less than a mile away.
Overlooking Grant Park in downtown Chicago, this landmark Hilton hotel is within walking distance of Buddy Guy's Legends, Millennium Park, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field, and the Loop business and shopping district.
Favored for its location across from Grant Park, Museum Campus, Soldier Field, and Northerly Island, the Best Western Grant Park is also 1 mile from Millennium Park and Chicago's theater district.
Located in River North, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chinese Consulate, Holy Name Cathedral, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Museum of Contemporary Art and Water Tower Place are also within 15 minutes. Grand Station (Red Line) is only a 2-minute walk and Chicago Station (Red Line) is 7 minutes.
Located in The Loop, this aparthotel is steps from Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park, and Chicago Cultural Center. Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Madison-Wabash Station and Randolph-Wabash Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Club Quarters is a club-like hotel in the center of the Loop, Chicago’s central business district. A short walk to Symphony Center, the Art Institute, Board of Trade, Willis Tower, Grant Park and the Riverfront, the Theatre District and Magnificent Mile.