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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.


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LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton $116
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton

85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is steps from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Clark-Lake Station is 7 minutes by foot and State Station is 8 minutes.

    Best Western Grant Park Hotel $65
    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 Grant Park and Columbia College Chicago. 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.

      Congress Plaza Hotel $109
      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.

        Hotel Essex Chicago $97
        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 Grant Park, State Street, and Columbia College Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park are also within 15 minutes. Harrison Station is 7 minutes by foot and Roosevelt Station is 8 minutes.

          Travelodge by Wyndham Downtown Chicago $64
          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 Columbia College Chicago, Grant Park, and State Street. Art Institute of Chicago and Buckingham Fountain are also within 10 minutes. Harrison Station and Chicago Van Buren Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            The Godfrey Hotel Chicago $115
            The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

            The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

            127 West Huron, at LaSalle, Chicago, IL
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in River North, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of State Street, Michigan Avenue, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Chicago Riverwalk and House of Blues Chicago are also within 15 minutes. Chicago Station (Brown Line) is 6 minutes by foot and Chicago Station (Red Line) is 6 minutes.

              Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop $109
              Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop

              Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop

              59 E. 11th Street, Chicago, IL
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Street 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.

                Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile $189
                Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

                Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

                20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Near North Side, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Street, Water Tower Place, and John Hancock Center. Chicago Water Tower and Michigan Avenue are also within 10 minutes. Chicago Station (Red Line) is only a 3-minute walk and Grand Station (Red Line) is 10 minutes.