Chicago’s Front Yard: Grant Park

Illinois sightseeing tour guide:

'Chicago's front yard' features the new Millennium Park, the Art Institute, and three other cultural gems. See all the new additions, and some old favorites that even lifetime Chicagoans may not know about!

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Chicago Grant Park Guided Sightseeing Tour

Grant Park is a large urban park in the downtown ‘Loop’ area of Chicago, Illinois. The park has been host to large urban gatherings such as the Taste of Chicago, sport championship celebrations, and President Obama’s presidential acceptance speech. Grant Park’s most notable features are Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, and four world-class museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Adler Planetarium, and the John G. Shedd Aquarium. Other hidden gems reside in little-known areas throughout Grant Park. We’ll reveal all the new additions and some old favorites that even lifetime Chicagoans may not know exist!
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  • Glorious Grant Park
  • Millennium Park
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Field Museum
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Adler Planetarium
  • What About Grant Park?
Transportation By Foot – Easy walking
Specialty City/Town, City/Town
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
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  • Grant Park is not the largest park in Chicago - Lincoln Park holds that distinction - but at 319 acres in total size, it is not small either. Enhanced with four world-class museums, it is advisable to give yourself at least two full days to take in all the attractions.
  • Grant Park features several miles of walking trails including the popular Lake Shore Trail, a paved multi-use path running along Lake Michigan across the entire length of the park. Bike and sport equipment rentals are available at several kiosks around the park.
  • While the four world-class museums and Millennium Park receive the lion's share of attention, there are also 16 softball fields, 12 tennis courts, and a skateboard park open to the general public. The Daley Bicentennial Plaza offers fitness programs including yoga and aerobics.
  • The Main Entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago, with its iconic lion sculptures, is located at 111 South Michigan Avenue. Another entrance is located in the new addition to what is now the second largest art museum in America.
  • Grant Park's other cultural zone is called the Museum Campus, a collection of three of the Chicago's most notable museums, all dedicated to the natural sciences: The Field Museum of Natural History, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium. There is metered street parking along the esplanade to the planetarium or a large pay parking lot next to the aquarium.

Brad Olsen

Brad Olsen is a Contributing Editor for World Explorer magazine and has written several guide books. His seventh, 'Sacred Places Europe: 108 Destinations,' was released in March, 2007. The second edition of "Sacred Places North America: 108 Destinations" was released in 2008 and won the "Best Travel Guide for Planet Earth" Award in 2010. Brad's commentaries have appeared on National Public Radio, CNN and the Travel Channel. He enjoys extended global travel (particularly to exotic locations), and public speaking on the subject of sacred places.


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