Grant Park was one of Chicago’s first parks, and it dates back to the city’s founding and was declared a park in 1847. It was originally known as Lake Park before it was renamed after former president Ulysses S. Grant.
The park’s area has been expanded several times since then, now reaching 319 acres. and it now contains some of Chicago’s best gardens and largest attractions. Grant Park borders Randolph Street, Roosevelt Road, McFetridge Drive, Michigan Avenue, and Lake Michigan.
Grant Park is often referred to as “Chicago’s Front Yard,” and it couldn’t be named any more aptly. The 319-acre tract of land is home to some of the city’s most recognized landmarks: Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum Campus. Even if it contained only one of these, Grant Park would still be one of the best destinations in the city. The park also contains performance venues, artwork, gardens, and harbor facilities.
- How do I get to Grant Park?
If you’re taking the CTA, exit at Adams/Wabash from the Green, Orange, Brown, Pink, and Purple Lines, then walk two blocks east. From the Red and Blues Lines, exit at Jackson and walk three blocks east. Stops at Grant Park are also on the 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 14, 126, 129, 146, 147, 151, and 173 buses.
Grant Park is open every day from 6am to 11pm.
- When is the Grant Park Music Festival
The Grant Park Music Festival runs for ten weeks every summer, typically from mid-June through mid-August.
- How much does the Grant Park Music Festival cost?
Grant Parks’ concerts series is free to the public!
- What’s the difference between Grant Park and Millennium Park
Millennium Park lies within Grant Park on the northern end and is a newer structure with it’s own separate event schedule. Grant Park encompasses the rest of the expanse all the way down to the Museum Campus.