Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour, Chicago

Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour, Chicago
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Chicago Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Chicago Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Chicago offers a wide range of amazing green outdoor spaces. Grant and Millennium are two lakefront parks, that represent the city's progressive design streak from the 19th century to the 21st. These parks feature amazing architecture and design. Take this walk to explore the beauties the two parks have to offer.

Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Chicago (See other walking tours in Chicago)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: doris
Millennium Park

1) Millennium Park (must see)

Millennium Park is a public park located in the Chicago Loop community area of Chicago within Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is a prominent civic center of the city's Lake Michigan lakefront. The park, which is bounded by Michigan Avenue, Randolph Street, Columbus Drive and East Monroe Drive, features a variety of public art. Today, Millennium Park trails only Navy Pier as a Chicago tourist attraction. AT&T Plaza was originally named Ameritech Plaza for Ameritech Corporation,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cloud Gate

2) Cloud Gate (must see)

The Cloud Gate, also called simply "The Bean", weighs over 110 tons, is 66 feet long and 33 feet high. The amazing sculpture has the appearance of a giant drop of liquid mercury. Its surface features spectacular images of the Chicago's skyline. Being very concave, the bottom of the sculpture creates a spectacular fun mirror effect of the people who walk underneath...   view more
Exelon Pavilions

3) Exelon Pavilions (must see)

Exelon Pavilions, built in 2004, are located in the Millennium Park. These four black-glazed minimalist towers use state-of-the-art technology to convert solar energy into electricity. The Exelon Park was designed by the well-known architect Renzo Piano. The pavilions provide enough electricity annually to power 16 energy-efficient houses in...   view more
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

4) Jay Pritzker Pavilion (must see)

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, also known as Pritzker Pavilion or Pritzker Music Pavilion, is a bandshell in Millennium Park in the Loop community area of Chicago. The pavilion was named after Jay Pritzker, whose family is known for owning Hyatt Hotels. The building was designed by architect Frank Gehry, who accepted the design commission in April 1999. Pritzker Pavilion serves as the centerpiece for Millennium Park and is the new home of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Grant Park...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
BP Bridge

5) BP Bridge (must see)

The BP Pedestrian Bridge, or simply BP Bridge, is a girder footbridge in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. It spans Columbus Drive to connect Daley Bicentennial Plaza with Millennium Park, both parts of the larger Grant Park. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, it opened along with the rest of Millennium Park on July 16, 2004. Gehry had been courted by the city to design the bridge and the neighboring Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and eventually agreed to do so after...   view more
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Grant Park

6) Grant Park (must see)

Regarded as Chicago's “front yard”, Grant Park opened way back 1835. The main attraction here is the Clarence Buckingham Fountain, situated in the center of the park. Its structure has a French style geometric design. The park is divided in different areas with flower gardens, trees and monuments. One distinct monument portrays the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham...   view more
Lurie Garden

7) Lurie Garden (must see)

Lurie Garden is a 2.5-acre (10,000 m2) garden located at the southern end of Millennium Park in the Loop area of Chicago. Designed by Kathryn Gustafson, Piet Oudolf, and Robert Israel, it opened on July 16, 2004. The garden is a combination of perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees. It is the featured nature component of the world's largest green roof. The Garden is composed of two "plates". The dark plate depicts Chicago's history by presenting shade-loving plant...   view more
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Crown Fountain

8) Crown Fountain (must see)

Crown Fountain is an interactive work of public art and video sculpture featured in Chicago's Millennium Park, which is located in the Loop community area. Designed by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa, it opened in July 2004. The fountain is composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers. The towers are 50 feet (15.2m) tall, and they use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to display digital videos on their inward faces. Weather permitting, the water operates...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Art Institute of Chicago

9) Art Institute of Chicago (must see)

The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) is an encyclopedic fine art museum located in Chicago, Illinois's Grant Park. The Art Institute has one of the world's most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection. Its diverse holdings also include significant Old Master works, American art, European and American decorative arts, Asian art and modern and contemporary art. It is located at 111 South Michigan Avenue in the Chicago Landmark Historic...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Buckingham Fountain

10) Buckingham Fountain (must see)

Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark in Grant Park which was dedicated in 1927. The fountain is considered to be Chicago's front door, since it resides in Grant Park, the city's front yard. The fountain, located at Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway, was designed with sculptures by Jacques Lambert. The fountain itself represents Lake Michigan, while each sea horse symbolizes a state bordering the lake. The statues were created by the French sculptor Marcel F. Loyau. The design of...   view more
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