Party Earth Review Like most outdoor spaces in Chicago, Grant Park is mostly neglected until the summer rolls around and city dwellers once again emerge from their wintry dens, crack open a dusty bottle of Coppertone, and revel in the warmth... ... read full review
Between South Michigan Avenue to Lake Michigan and East Roosevelt Road to East Randolph Street.
Green, Orange, Red Lines: Roosevelt
Red Line: Harrison, Jackson, Monroe
Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple Express Lines: Adams/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Randolph/Wabash
Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple Express Lines: Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren
The Loop, Chicago –
Like most outdoor spaces in Chicago, Grant Park is mostly neglected until the summer rolls around and city dwellers once again emerge from their wintry dens, crack open a dusty bottle of Coppertone, and revel in the warmth of the sun.
Visitors looking for a cool-down can wade through the reflecting pool at Crown Fountain, which also features fifty-foot video displays on either side, or head to the immense Buckingham Fountain, a frequent meeting point for bike and walking tours.
Although popular museums like the Art Institute of Chicago and dozens of outdoor exhibits offer a dose of culture, those more in the mood for a lazy day of sunbathing or napping under the trees will find lots of cozy corners, while a dozen diamonds provide a place for sporty types to play some barehanded softball, aka “The Chicago Game.”
Millennium Park – added to the north end of Grant Park in 2004 – is home to Cloud Gate (better known as "The Bean"), a bulbous 110-ton stainless steel sculpture that has become a symbol of both the park and the city itself, as well as the nearby Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which holds the eleven thousand music lovers who show up for the free festivals and concerts held throughout the week.
Throngs of Chicagoans and tourists of all ages head to the park for a couple of “world’s largest” festivals, including the June Taste of Chicago food festival and the July SummerDance festival, though the younger crowd owns the park in August, when everyone from hipsters to frat boys pack in for three days of Lollapalooza.
Often called “Chicago’s front yard,” Grant Park offers enough sports, art, concerts, and days in the sun to make anyone’s summer a little brighter.
People of all ages, cultures, and professions, along with their dogs.
Various summer festivals include:
The Chicago Blues Festival (early June).
Lollapalooza (early August).
Ice skating in Millennium Park from mid-November through mid-March.
Summer concerts at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (late May through early September).
Concession stands in the park and museums.
Full service restaurants include:
The Park Grill (11 North Michigan Avenue).
Terzo Piano (159 East Monroe Street).
The Garden Restaurant (159 East Monroe Street).
Dozens of restaurants, from fast food to five-star, line nearby Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue.
Anything goes: comfortable walking gear for daytime strolls and museum visits, slightly trendier evening attire for Millennium Park concerts.
Any day during one of the major festivals; daytime for picnics, museum visits, and casual strolls; and nighttime for Millennium Park concerts.
Just across the Chicago River is Navy Pier (600 East Grand Avenue), which offers diverse entertainment including an IMAX Theater, a Ferris wheel, and more than fifty acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, restaurants, and attractions.