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Chicago’s Urban Parks

Experience all the year-round fun of Chicago’s urban parks. Take in free cultural events, family entertainment, film festivals, music, theater and art. Join a workout group or go on an educational walk. Attend a concert, bike to major attractions or relax on a bench and take in the city’s glorious skyline. You can do it all in the Windy City’s scenic and diverse green spaces.

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Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a unique combination of an urban park and art gallery. Covering nearly 25 acres, the park’s crown jewel is the Frank Gehry Pritzker Pavilion, where you can watch outdoor movies, attend free concerts, and take selfies at The Bean, a world-famous art installation and Chicago landmark.

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Grant Park

Head to Grant Park for superb skyline vistas and inspiring public art. With 319 acres of Lake Michigan lakefront, this giant park includes several others, including Millennium and Maggie Daley, three museums and the Shedd Aquarium. Crowds flock here every summer for festival season, including Lollapalooza.

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Maggie Daley Park

Situated amidst skyscrapers and water, this park features an 18-hole mini golf course that doubles as Chicago in miniature, perfect for travel selfies. Families love the artsy Play Garden, huge pirate ship, massive slides and places for kids to climb, slide, swing, run and skate.

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Lurie Garden

Stroll the floating boardwalk, take in the skyline views and watch butterflies from a bench in this urban garden oasis. Fifteen-foot-high hedges flank showy flower beds all year long. After you explore all the dramatic floral displays, look behind the hedges at the native plant garden, a tribute to the state’s prairie lands.

Explore More of Chicago

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Chicago Museum Guide

Explore Chicago’s many illustrious cultural institutions. Choose your topic—science, art, nature, industry, history—and match it to one of the Windy City’s can’t-miss attractions.

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Chicago Shopping Guide

Shop for brand names or haute couture on the Magnificent Mile and Oak Street, discover historic department stores, bargain hunt at outlets, or explore Chicago’s malls.

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Chicago Theater Guide

Take in award-winning dramas, cabarets, musicals or comedies, or go to the ballet or opera. You’ll be treated to some of the country’s best performances.

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