Grant Park


Grant Park hosts the city's mega-events, such as Taste of Chicago, Blues Fest and Lollapalooza. Buckingham Fountain is the park's centerpiece. The skateboard park in the southwest corner draws a cool-cat crowd. Other features include a rose garden and loads of baseball diamonds.

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1. Buckingham Fountain

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Grant Park's centerpiece is one of the world's largest fountains, with a 1.5-million-gallon capacity and a 15-story-high spray. It lets loose on the hour…

2. Fine Arts Building

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This building has been an artists' haven for more than a century. You'll still hear opera voices and trumpet music drift out of the music studios, which…

3. Museum of Contemporary Photography

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This small museum focuses on American and international photography from the early 20th century onward, and is the only institution of its kind between…

4. Santa Fe Building

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The 1904 Santa Fe Building is a terra-cotta beauty where architect Daniel Burnham kept his offices. Enter the lobby and look up at the vast light well…

5. Art Institute of Chicago

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The second-largest art museum in the country, the Art Institute houses a treasure trove from around the globe. The collection of impressionist and…

6. Lurie Garden

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If the crowds at the Bean, Crown Fountain and Pritzker Pavilion are too much, seek out the peaceful Lurie Garden, which uses native plants to form a…

7. Route 66 Sign

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Attention Route 66 buffs: the Mother Road begins in downtown Chicago. Look for the 'Historic 66 Begin' sign at the northwestern corner of Adams St and…

8. Nichols Bridgeway

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Renzo Piano designed this silver, pedestrian-only span. It arches from Millennium Park over Monroe St to the Art Institute’s small, 3rd-floor sculpture…