Grant Park - Chicago

Chicago, Illinois 60687

Grant Park - Chicago

Grant Park - Chicago Professional Review and Guide

"A gleaming 319-acre jewel on the downtown lakefront, Grant Park is rich in Chicago history and offers some of the most magnificent views of the downtown skyline around. It has been the scene of moments of great chaos, such as anti–Vietnam War protests during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, as well as moments of great exhilaration, including Pope John Paul II’s mass in front of 350,000 faithful in 1979.

The park features places of quiet solitude within a stone’s throw of the Loop, mind-expanding experiences at world-class museums, and the incredible excitement of Soldier Field. Grant Park is also the center of 24 miles of uninterrupted parkland on Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Special attractions: Museums, park areas, unique architecture, and distinctive urban landscapes."

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"Grant Park has often been called Chicago’s front yard, and in its present guise it is a showpiece. But that wasn’t always the case. In the late 1800s it was a swampy wasteland littered with debris from the fire and shacks filled with bums. Meanwhile, developers who understood its potential began planning numerous developments there. Into the midst of this mess came Montgomery Ward, who was angered at what he saw from his office at 6 N. Michigan Ave. and fought to preserve, as the line in the city’s charter said, the lakefront “forever free, open and clear.” For two decades he took on the unholy trinity of Chicago: greed, power and corruption, and despite constant vilification, he prevailed. What is now Grant Park got its name in 1901, and has been steadily improving ever since (with some time off in the 1970s when everything seemed to go to pot). Buckingham Fountain is one of the most magnificent in the world, and the nearby formal gardens are only getting better. At the south end, the Museum Campus has transformed what had been a car-clogged maze. Finally, despite controversy (see below), the urban wilderness of Northerly Island beckons those who want a respite from the crowded city."

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Chicago’s Grant Park is not to be missed when you visit the Windy City. Walking through this park and taking in the sights may take you half a day or more (especially if you visit one of the many museums located here), but it’s definitely time well-spent, weather-permitting (of course). It’s really easy to walk the park, as walkways are clearly delineated. A lot of people jog in the park, and bicycles are common as well, so be on the lookout. You can even rent a bike from a sidewalk kiosk if you’d like and join the other cyclists. If you’re traveling with your dog, you can walk him through the park with you. The views of Lake Michigan from the park are incredible – it’s truly a breath of fresh air on the edge of downtown Chicago.

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Oct 2018