Chicago parks

Parks and Recreation


Explore Millennium Park and other vibrant gathering spaces

Chicago folks remain fiercely proud of the many parks, playgrounds and lakefront beaches that help showcase beautiful pieces of nature in the midst of a thriving, bustling city scene. With more than 580 parks to choose from, urban adventurers have countless options for hitting a trail or simply spreading out on a patch of green. Check out these downtown gems and more:

  • Proudly referred to as the city’s "front yard," Grant Park serves as a 319-acre downtown centerpiece, with highlights including Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus.
  • In Millennium Park, described as “a new kind of town square,” you’ll find state-of-the-art architecture, landscape design and art (think the famed bean-shaped sculpture, A.K.A. “Cloud Gate”). The lively gathering spot serves as the perfect backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours and family activities.
  • Lincoln Park draws visitors of all ages to its conservatory, zoo, paddleboat lagoon and green space ideal for flying kites in the summer and sledding when it snows.