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Grant Park

Chicago’s front yard is a pretty landscaped park, which is home to public art displays, museums, themed gardens and international music festivals.

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.

Popular Activities at Grant Park

It's worth giving yourself lots of time at Grant Park. Below are some of the most popular activities:

Your next big adventure has been waiting for you! You may like to try a Two Hour Chicago Segway Tour or a 2.5 hr Chicago Lakefront & Museum Campus Segway Tour.

If you're seeking even more options, check out our Chicago things to do page.


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Congress Plaza Hotel $115
Congress Plaza Hotel

Congress Plaza Hotel

520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in The Loop, this hotel is steps from Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Auditorium Building and Theatre. Fine Arts Building and Buckingham Fountain are also within 5 minutes. Harrison Station and Chicago Van Buren Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Travelodge by Wyndham Downtown Chicago $95
    Travelodge by Wyndham Downtown Chicago

    Travelodge by Wyndham Downtown Chicago

    65 E Harrison St, Chicago, IL
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in The Loop, this hotel is steps from Lakefront Trail, Columbia College Chicago, and State Street. Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park are also within 10 minutes. Harrison Station and Chicago Van Buren Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Essex Chicago $113
      Hotel Essex Chicago

      Hotel Essex Chicago

      800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lakefront Trail, State Street, and Columbia College Chicago. Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain are also within 10 minutes. Harrison Station is 7 minutes by foot and Roosevelt Station is 8 minutes.

        Hyatt Regency Chicago $199
        Hyatt Regency Chicago

        Hyatt Regency Chicago

        151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in The Loop, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue Bridge. Chicago Theatre and Millennium Park are also within 15 minutes. State Station is 9 minutes by foot and Randolph-Wabash Station is 9 minutes.

          Central Loop Hotel $116
          Central Loop Hotel

          Central Loop Hotel

          111 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in The Loop, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chicago Board of Trade Building and State Street. Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge are also within 10 minutes. Jackson Station (Blue Line) and Monroe Station (Blue Line) are within a 5-minute walk.

            Hilton Chicago- Michigan Ave Cultural Mile $162
            Hilton Chicago- Michigan Ave Cultural Mile

            Hilton Chicago- Michigan Ave Cultural Mile

            720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in The Loop, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Columbia College Chicago and Grant Park. Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park are also within 15 minutes. Harrison Station is 5 minutes by foot and Roosevelt Station is 10 minutes.

              Best Western Grant Park Hotel $124
              Best Western Grant Park Hotel

              Best Western Grant Park Hotel

              1100 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Columbia College Chicago and Grant Park. Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. Roosevelt Station and Chicago Museum Campus-11th Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Palmer House a Hilton Hotel $139
                Palmer House a Hilton Hotel

                Palmer House a Hilton Hotel

                17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in The Loop, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Street, Art Institute of Chicago, and Millennium Park. Chicago Cultural Center and Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Monroe Station (Red Line) is only a 2-minute walk and Monroe Station (Blue Line) is 2 minutes.