(c) City of Chicago / GRC

Grant Park, Chicago

3 of 14

The
northwest corner, dubbed Millennium Park, made headlines when it opened in 2004
with the Frank Gehry–designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Anish Kapoor’s
stainless-steel Cloud Gate—the shiny, reflective bean-shaped sculpture that’s
become an instant city icon and popular photo-op. Compare the outdoor
installations to the collections within the park’s Art Institute of Chicago,
famous for Grant Wood’s American Gothic.

Coolest Time to Visit: Summer, when the lakefront park
hosts two major events: Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest outdoor food
festival, with treats from 70-plus local restaurants, and Lollapalooza, which
celebrates its 20th anniversary in August 2011.

America's Coolest City Parks

Grant Park, Chicago

The
northwest corner, dubbed Millennium Park, made headlines when it opened in 2004
with the Frank Gehry–designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Anish Kapoor’s
stainless-steel Cloud Gate—the shiny, reflective bean-shaped sculpture that’s
become an instant city icon and popular photo-op. Compare the outdoor
installations to the collections within the park’s Art Institute of Chicago,
famous for Grant Wood’s American Gothic.

Coolest Time to Visit: Summer, when the lakefront park
hosts two major events: Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest outdoor food
festival, with treats from 70-plus local restaurants, and Lollapalooza, which
celebrates its 20th anniversary in August 2011.

(c) City of Chicago / GRC

America's Coolest City Parks

Explore More