The city of Chicago is renowned for its outdoor green spaces. One such “forever free and open” space is Grant Park which was established in 1844. Popularly referred to as “Chicago’s front lawn,” this lakefront park is the site of many summer festivals, including Blues Fest, Taste of Chicago, and Lollapalooza. Among other notable features here are Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, and a monument to Abraham Lincoln.
In 2004, a section of northern Grant Park was redeveloped as Millennium Park which today accommodates four artistic highlights: the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, Crown Fountain, and the Lurie Garden. Most recently, Maggie Daley Park joins Millennium Park with an amazing play space, a skating ribbon, rock climbing, and beautiful gardens.
These three parks make up a varied and interesting running tour. It’s super flat and an easy run with tons of great photo ops!