Spend Your Summer in “Chicago’s Front Yard”

June 18, 2014

fountain at park in Chicago at nightThere is no better place to spend a beautiful summer day than in “Chicago’s front yard,” otherwise known as Grant Park. Conveniently nestled between Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago, the park holds the ranking of the largest public park in the city. Grant Park offers a variety of attractions, marks the start and finish to the Chicago Marathon and is the proud host to Chicago’s biggest festivals, making it near and dear to the Windy City’s heart.

On any given day, you can find runners enjoying the 18-mile Chicago Lakefront trail, admiring the seasonal beauty of the gardens or playing fetch in the dog-friendly “Grant Bark Park.” Located at the heart of the park is one of its main attractions, the Buckingham Fountain. The historic fountain itself was built to represent Lake Michigan, with each seahorse around it symbolizing the states it borders – Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. Other park guests choose to admire the park’s public art, including the Abraham Lincoln Monument and the Logan Monument.

Chicago skyline from Grant ParkMusic enthusiasts from across the country enjoy the variety of music festivals hosted in Grant Park. Since 2005, the park has been home to the popular multi-genre music festival, Lollapalooza. Over 160,000 people venture to Chicago each year for this three-day destination festival. Local food vendors and farmers markets host booths at the festival, giving out of town visitors a taste of local fare. The park is also host to the annual Chicago Blues Festival, which holds its place as the largest blues festival in the world. Top-tier blues musicians grace the festival’s five stages for three days each June, and proves Chicago’s title as the “Blues Capital of the World.”

For the foodies of the city, Grant Park hosts the annual Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest food festival. Commonly known as “The Taste,” the festival showcases the city’s diverse cuisine. A wide variety of food trucks, five-day restaurants and pop-up restaurants guarantee that attendees will leave with satisfied stomachs and happy taste buds. The festival also features concerts from headlining artists such as Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, Moby and Aloe Blacc.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a sunny afternoon stroll or a concert of a lifetime, Grant Park is the place to be. For a map and breakdown of the park’s facilities, or to keep up with news and events, click here. To stay up to date with the latest Chicago real estate news, click here.


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