If you talk to anyone in Chicago, a mention of Grant Park is almost inevitable.
In 1836 before Chicago was incorporated as a city, a note was found on a subdivision map declaring a patch of land along Lake Michigan “Public Ground – A Common To Remain Forever Open, Clear and Free of any Buildings, or Other Obstruction whatever.”
The informal note became official when the city council officially endorsed “Lake Park.” After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the area between Randolph Street and Roosevelt Road became Grant Park.
Today, Grant Park is a beautiful stretch of land that separates commercial construction from the lakeshore and is houses one of the most impressive skylines in the world.
In addition to the requisite spring walk, Grant Park also offers some of Chicago’s best institutions to visit.
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave., Chicago IL
Chicago’s Art Museum features 250 works and a new modern art wing. There are also specialized rotating exhibits. The Art Institute is located in the heart of Grant Park on the corner of Adams Street and Michigan Avenue.
155 North Michigan Ave., Chicago IL
Millennium Park opened in 2004 and features Cloud Gate. Anish Kapoor’s breathtaking “The Bean” structure” offers a breathtaking and strangely manipulated view of the city’s skyline that is constructed out of 168 steel plates that are wielded together. In addition, there is also The Jay Pritzker Pavilion that features a massive stage and state-of-theart sound system which is one of the best places in the world to check out a concert. As if that wasn’t enough, the Lurie Garden also offers a great weekend option.
301 E. Columbus Dr., Chicago IL
Buckingham Fountain has the ability to propel water 150-feet in the air and is surrounded by a seasonal garden. The Fountain explodes every hour and at night is timed with a light and music show.
Aaron Montgomery Ward
In addition to a plethora of baseball diamonds and great biking options, Grant Park also features artwork including a sculpture of Aaron Montgomery Ward who with his own fortune fought to keep Grant Park open and free of construction.