Grant Park Chicago is a 319-acre public park situated in Chicago’s central business district and is commonly referred to as “Chicago’s front yard.” The north side of the park is conveniently just 1 mile south of the Raffaello Hotel Chicago. Grant Park Chicago contains everything from gardens and performance venues to museums and harbor facilities. The park is also home to several sites that are not to be missed, including Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum Campus, Petrillo Music Shell, Congress Plaza and Hutchinson Field.
Millennium Park makes up the northwestern corner of the park, which contains multiple artistic designs from various artists and architects. The area is free to enter and contains the Lurie Garden, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Crown Fountain and Cloud Gate (more commonly known as the Bean). This area is conveniently connected to other areas of the park via a pedestrian bridge and is a wonderful place simply to walk around.
Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the top art museums and art schools in the country and has existed since 1893. It is particularly well-known for a significant collection of American and Impressionist art. This museum is not to be missed for both serious and casual art fans alike.
The Museum Campus
The Museum Campus on the southeastern side of the park is home to several of Chicago’s most noteworthy museums, which are the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. All three of these museums should be placed on the must-see list of any tourist visiting the city for the first time. Visitors can purchase the Chicago City Pass for fast entry and discounted prices to all of these locations, and more.
Petrillo Music Shell
The Petrillo Music Shell is the perfect location to enjoy an outdoor performance on a warm summer night in the Windy City. The venue has hosted some of the largest and most famous concerts in the country, including the Chicago Jazz Festival and the popular Lollapalooza alternative music festival.
The Congress Plaza on the western side of the park contains two semicircular plazas with a variety of beautiful fountains, artwork and gardens. As a highlight of this area, the Bowman and Spearman warrior act as guardians to the park and are two of the most photographed monuments in the city. Therefore, visitors to Chicago should be sure to bring home their own picture of these iconic sculptures.
Buckingham Fountain is the centerpiece of the park and is one of the largest fountains in the world. It was given as a gift from Kate Sturges Buckingham to Chicago in the memory of her brother Clarence and was dedicated in 1927. Visitors should be sure to check out the fountain from April to October when it performs nightly water and light display shows from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Hutchinson Field comprises a large area on the southern part of Grant Park and contains an 18-mile long, multi-use path that runs along Lake Michigan. This is certainly one of the highlights for jogging and cycling fans that are visiting the city.
Grant Park Chicago and all that it encompasses can’t be missed on a trip to Chicago. Be sure to stay just 1 mile away at Raffaello’s contemporary boutique accommodations.