National Parks / Natural World
Grant Park Chicago
Where are we going today?
If there is one place known in Chicago by all of the locals, it's Grant Park! This 319 acre park is known as Chicago's "Front Yard", and is home to SO many attractions and things to do! It takes that classic family day out at the park to a whole new level.
Here's a fun fact: Did you know that Grant Park is one of Chicago's FIRST even parks? Pretty impressive! Today, it is home to a host of museums, planetariums, and aquariums, as well as plays location for some pretty fun festivals across the year!
The centerpiece of the park are the three world class museums: the Art Institute, the Shedd Aquarium and Planetarium, as well as the Field Museum of Natural History. The park actually has a museum campus, surrounded by beautiful green space.
Don't miss the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, an impressive centerpiece built in 1927 that protects the amazing lakefront views!
For those active kids, you can enjoy some sports time with the baseball diamonds, as well as the tennis courts. There is also Field House with it's huge climbing wall, Play Garden for kids, as well as an Enchanted Forest with it's mirrored maze! There is even a play space for toddlers.
We haven't started on the festivals yet! Grant Park hosts The Taste Of Chicago, an incredible food and music festival held around July 4, as well as the Grant Park Music Festival! It's also the site of the Chicago Marathon start and finish lines. Get those boots warmed up!
Have you heard of Lollapolooza? Hang around Grant Park and you can actually experience it! Yep - that's here too!
Did you know that Pope John Paul II even spoke to a crowd here? Pretty impressive!
With all of those flat, green areas to enjoy your regular park fun too, it's no surprise that Grant Park is one of the most notable parks in the city. So what are you waiting for!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
6am - 11pm daily
All year round
Field House is where all of the indoor and outdoor programming occurs such as day camps and pre-schools..
There are plenty of places within the park to pick up some food! From hot dogs, to ice creams, to cafes, there will be something for those rumbling tummies!.
Make sure you take plenty of bottled water! Why not bring a picnic too, so you can enjoy it out under the sun.
Any Top Tips?
Don't miss the Climbing Park which features a climbing wall, as well as the Play Garden for kids, and the Enchanted Forest with a mirrored maze!.
Need a little extra help?
They do their best to make all of the festivals, events, and facilities accessible to all. Speak to staff if you have any questions!.
Some of the events and festivals held in the park may have admission costs.
What people are saying?
by David Liang
Grant Park is pretty cool. The place is absolutely enormous at 115 acres, and there were 90,000 people here for Lollapalooza each day.
Although the attendees absolutely trashed the place, which is probably going to cost at least $250,000 to repair, it's still a nice place. The fountain in the middle of the park is enormous and a nice place to take pictures at.
I just wish there were more trees since it does get quite hot during summer.
by Lara Poeppelmeier
Grant Park is a beautiful urban oasis in Chicago. I have attended several events here and it truly lends itself some of the best views of the city. However, during peak summer months there are so many events it's hard to enjoy a quiet spot to relax but if you are visiting this is a great park to visit.
by Eric Hiller
A Chicago landmark, concerts, festivals, amazing place to have in the middle of the city. Right along the lakeshore. Chicago is still one of my, if not my favorite city, if it just wasn't so damn cold in winter. The city takes good care of the land here. It is safe, I never feel unsafe. You can go spend a day here in summer or walk at night. The Art museum, Orchestra, Museum Campus, etc.. all right here. Great Place to visit whether a local or a tourist.
by Pierre Babin
Grant Park is the historic park area in central Chicago, between Millennium Park (north) and Museum Park (south). Let have a walk on the lake shore or have a look at Buckingham Fountain. But today, I find the Millennium Park is more attractive.
by Susan Thomas
A beautiful park with so many different offerings. A bean, a concert pavillion and now Maggie Daly park. A don't miss whether visiting or just a local looking for an escape.