- Type: Picnics, Parks & Gardens
NileGuide Expert Says:
If you are looking for a day outside, Grant Park is a great place to start. The expansive park is perfect for biking, having a picnic, catching a festival, and taking in some of the best views of the city.
NileGuide Expert tip:
Summers are the best time to lounge anywhere in Grant Park. There are plenty of summer festivals located in the park; check the City's Special Events website at www.cityofchicago.org/specialevents to plan ahead.
- Appropriately referred to as "Chicago's front yard," Grant Park is enjoyed by thousands and thousands of visitors each year. Grant Park occupies the space between Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan, and is bordered by the Museum campus (Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium) to the south. Buckingham Fountain, located in the middle of the park, shoots a giant plume of water every hour on the hour. Grant Park hosts many yearly events, including the Taste of Chicago, Chicago Blues Festival, and Lollapalooza (since 2005). Also a destination for celebrations, Grant Park hosted victory celebrations for the Chicago Bulls championships, and it was the site of Barack Obama's victory speech on November 4, 2008.
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