City Map of Chicago, Illinois, USA
There are many parks and numerous attractions in Chicago that can make great memories. The Chicago park district manages 600 parks, beaches, and facilities.
Grant Park , located in the Loop Community area, is rich in history, from the 1968 Democratic National Convention riots to Barack Obama’s 2008 election-night rally. It is a large urban park and features Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum Campus .
Grant Park is edged on the north side by Randolph Street, on its South by Roosevelt Road and McFetridge Drive, and the west of the park is bordered by Michigan Avenue and on the east side by Lake Michigan.
Millennium Park , a contemporary park in the northwestern corner of the Grant Park, features an interactive sculpture Crown Fountain, the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion and the Cloud Gate (aka the Jelly Bean). Millennium Park is connected to the other parts of Grant Park by the BP Pedestrian Bridge and the Nichols Bridgeway.
One of the leading art museums in Chicago City, Art Institute of Chicago is located on the western edge of Grant Park. The museum is known for the extensive collection of Impressionist and American Art.
Buckingham Fountain , one of the largest fountains in the world, is in the center of Grant Park and operates from April to October.
Adler Planetarium , Field Museum of Natural History , and Shedd Aquarium are located at Museum Campus which is 57-acre addition to Grant Park’s southeastern end.
Grant Park’s western edge is Congress Plaza , a ceremonial entrance.
Lincoln Park is a 1,208-acre (489 hectares) park situated on the north side of the city along Lake Michigan. The park got its name from the president Abraham Lincoln and is the largest park in the city. Lincoln Park is a recreational park which is home to Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The park's facilities include baseball/softball fields, basketball courts, soccer/football fields, tennis courts, volleyball courts, field houses, a target archery field, a skate park, a driving range, and a golf course and is the second most toured park in the United States.
Chicago Loop is surrounded on the north and west sides by the Chicago River, on the east by Lake Michigan, and on the south by Roosevelt Road. After midtown Manhattan, it is the second largest commercial business district in the United States. Chicago Loop is dominated by skyscrapers and high-rises.
Running from the Chicago River to Oak Street in the Near North Side, The Magnificent Mile is a high-end section of Chicago's Michigan Avenue and sometimes is referred to as Mag Mile. The Magnificent Mile is Chicago's largest shopping district. Retails, restaurants, museums, and hotels occupy at least 3,100,000 square feet.
Another great place to visit in Chicago is a Navy Pier . This is a 3,300-foot-long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. The Navy Pier is located in the Near North Side community area, close to downtown Chicago. The world's most massive public pier attracts more than 9 million guests per year. The most eye-catching attraction is the 148ft (45m) Ferris Wheel . There is a 44ft high Musical Carousel near the Ferris Wheel. 100ft (30m) high vaulted roof structure – The Skyline Stage is used as an ice skating rink during the winter time and as a 1500-seat theater during summer. Many boat trips start at Navy Pier, and you can also opt to take a romantic dinner cruise there.