Explore the wonders of Chicago!

Grant Park

Chicago Grant Park with Buckingham Fountain in the Middle

Grant Park Events

no results

Grant Park Information

Info

Hours:
Open Daily

When to Go:
Spring- Fall

Seasonal Information:
Open Year-Round

Important Information:
Grant Park extends over 300 acres.

Quick Facts

  • Chicago Grant Park is the biggest public park in Chicago.
  • Grant Park IL is situated between Lake Michigan and Downtown Chicago.
  • Popular Chicago attractions in Grant Park include the beautiful Buckingham Fountain and the Field Museum of Chicago.
  • Grant Park festivals include the annual Lollapalooza Music Festival and the Chicago Blues Festival.   

Address:
Jackson Drive & Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
View Map



User Average Review

Overall:
4.15
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
4

Based on 2 reviews

Rating Distribution

4.2 out of 5 Stars

100.0% recommended it

Grant Park Reviews

Sort Reviews By: | | |

Tour Review : Grant Park


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Grant Park - Quiet space separating the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan

Grant Park is a sprawling Chicago park that separates the bustling urban development of the Chicago Loop with the scenic beauty of Lake Michigan. Simply put, it's a great place to kick back with a book, and there's plenty of green space for people to throw a football or Frisbee around. 

When I visited Grant Park, it was a chilly, overcast afternoon in November. There weren't many people in the park, though a number of joggers ran by on the clean, crisp paved paths. (Definitely seems like a good place to exercise.) I imagine that Grant Park is super busy in the Summer, with people hoping to catch some rays or just enjoy the outdoor air. Given its close proximity to Lake Michigan, the air is pretty fresh near Grant Park, though it's also a little colder so make sure to bundle up.

Some of the best parts of Grant Park - including Buckingham Fountain - were shut down for the season, which was disappointing but understandable. However, one cool thing about Grant Park is that you can easily make the walk from Museum Campus and Soldier Field to the park and then, if you keep going north, to Millennium Park and The Loop.

I love that Grant Park has been set aside as an untouchable area on Lake Michigan, and this is a must-see landmark in Chicago if you're visiting Spring through Fall. Winter, on the other hand ...

Tour Review : Grant Park


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Grant Park Chicago - Excellent Urban Park

Beautiful urban park in the midst of enormous skyscrapers. It’s more commonly known to the locals as Chicago’s front yard, and it’s a great outdoor space. It sits right in between Lake Michigan and Downtown Chicago. As a runner, I found it a great place to run. The edge of Grant park goes right up to water where there’s a great running path.

It’s not to be confused with Millennium Park, where the Bean is, but they sit right next to each other. The real draw to Grant Park is Buckingham Fountain or known to most people as the Married With Children fountain. Now, that’s a must-see attraction for any tourist. It’s a lot bigger in person. Actually, it’s one of the biggest fountains in the world! The way it’s lit up at night is beautiful as well, but you have to see it during the day. I believe the water shoots up in the middle every 20 minutes. From the southeast side of the fountain, there’s a great photo op with all the big buildings behind it.

I must say, it’s a very clean park. Very safe. If you’ve never been to Chicago, it’s a great place to take a stroll through. You’ll get a great view of all the buildings in the background. It’s also the best place to walk along Lake Michigan.

Grant Park Photos



Grant Park Hotel

Grant Park

Do you agree?

Chicago's Biggest Park Hosts Some of its Best Festivals

Located in

Central

Grant Park

This activity is FREE!


Summary

Features: Grant Park is located between Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan and between Monroe Drive and Randolph Street. It is Chicago's most prominent and beloved park. The Petrillo Music Shell brings all sorts of diverse outdoor concerts to the city, including Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Country and Classical. It is also the site of Chicago's annual Taste of Chicago, held each summer. Grant Park includes Museum Campus, consisting of the Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute and the Field Museum of Natural History. The park's most distinguishing feature is Buckingham Fountain, built in 1927.

The park was originally named Lake Park in 1847, but in 1901 it was renamed Grant Park in honor of Ulysses S. Grant. Thanks to the 20-year effort by Aaron Montgomery Ward concluding in the early 1900's, the park has been protected from commercial buildings and remains an open park today. The newest addition to Grant Park is at the north end, where Millennium Park has been constructed

Why We Go: Chicago Grant Park is the biggest and most scenic park in Chicago, and annual Grant Park Festivals include Lollapalooza Chicago and the Chicago Blues Festival every June.

  • Outdoor Activities: Popular outdoor activities that take place every day at Chicago Grant Park IL include touring the beautiful statues and Chicago attractions scattered throughout this popular park, and there is plenty of room for Frisbee, running and working on your tan. 
  • Chicago Museums: Popular Chicago museums located at Chicago Grant Park IL include the Adler Planetarium Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Children's Museum has plans to move into this spacious Chicago park. 
  • Scenery: With the iconic Chicago skyline situated West, and the boats and activities on Lake Michigan facing East, Chicago Grant Park IL is easily the most scenic Chicago park Downtown.   

Inside Knowledge: Another popular Grant Park festival - The Taste of Chicago - takes place from the final week of June and into early Jule annually, and features free admission, delicious Chicago food from the best Chicago restaurants, and great Chicago musical acts each day. 

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Bring the Kids: Whether you're enjoying a scenic stroll with the young ones, blowing bubbles on the mall campus, or taking your kids to one of the many Grant Park festivals suitable for kids, Grant Park IL offers plenty of room for some of the best family activities in Chicago
  • Do Take a Walk: Walkways are wide at Chicago Grant Park, and if you or your family gets tired, there are several benches and shaded areas great for resting in Grant Park Chicago IL.
  • Don't Worry if Nature Calls: Convenient for families touring this scenic Chicago attraction, there are a number of restroom facilities scattered throughout Grant Park IL. 
  • Don't Forget the History: Chicago Grant Park hosted one of the most historic moments in American history, providing the grounds for President Barack Obama's Election Day victory speech on Nov. 4, 2008. Chicago Grant Park also hosted Pope John Paul II for an outdoor mass in the 1970's and was the scene for a number of victory celebrations for Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

Comments

Sort Reviews By: | | |

Tour Review : Grant Park


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Grant Park Chicago - Excellent Urban Park

Beautiful urban park in the midst of enormous skyscrapers. It’s more commonly known to the locals as Chicago’s front yard, and it’s a great outdoor space. It sits right in between Lake Michigan and Downtown Chicago. As a runner, I found it a great place to run. The edge of Grant park goes right up to water where there’s a great running path.

It’s not to be confused with Millennium Park, where the Bean is, but they sit right next to each other. The real draw to Grant Park is Buckingham Fountain or known to most people as the Married With Children fountain. Now, that’s a must-see attraction for any tourist. It’s a lot bigger in person. Actually, it’s one of the biggest fountains in the world! The way it’s lit up at night is beautiful as well, but you have to see it during the day. I believe the water shoots up in the middle every 20 minutes. From the southeast side of the fountain, there’s a great photo op with all the big buildings behind it.

I must say, it’s a very clean park. Very safe. If you’ve never been to Chicago, it’s a great place to take a stroll through. You’ll get a great view of all the buildings in the background. It’s also the best place to walk along Lake Michigan.

Tour Review : Grant Park


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Grant Park - Quiet space separating the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan

Grant Park is a sprawling Chicago park that separates the bustling urban development of the Chicago Loop with the scenic beauty of Lake Michigan. Simply put, it's a great place to kick back with a book, and there's plenty of green space for people to throw a football or Frisbee around. 

When I visited Grant Park, it was a chilly, overcast afternoon in November. There weren't many people in the park, though a number of joggers ran by on the clean, crisp paved paths. (Definitely seems like a good place to exercise.) I imagine that Grant Park is super busy in the Summer, with people hoping to catch some rays or just enjoy the outdoor air. Given its close proximity to Lake Michigan, the air is pretty fresh near Grant Park, though it's also a little colder so make sure to bundle up.

Some of the best parts of Grant Park - including Buckingham Fountain - were shut down for the season, which was disappointing but understandable. However, one cool thing about Grant Park is that you can easily make the walk from Museum Campus and Soldier Field to the park and then, if you keep going north, to Millennium Park and The Loop.

I love that Grant Park has been set aside as an untouchable area on Lake Michigan, and this is a must-see landmark in Chicago if you're visiting Spring through Fall. Winter, on the other hand ...