Depending upon where you live or visit in the Chicago area, neighborhood parks are the cultural playground for the community. Chicago parks located within the city have been the location for movie films, free concerts, and many artistic and educational events.

Popular parks located downtown of the Windy City include Millenium Park, which features attractions for the entire family. One of its features is the Jay Pritzker Pavillion which seats about 10,000 guests for great concerts and weekly events. Millennium Park’s highlights include two 50 feet glass towers, displaying Chicago’s cultural melting pot; the look of liquid mercury sculpture known as The Cloud Gate; beautiful landscaped Lurie Gardens; and awe-inspiring architectural fountains.

Grant Park is Chicago’s Central Park located downtown and was once part of Lake Michigan. After a huge city fire in 1871 that destroyed a large part of Chicago, residents piled debris into the lake and created a large fill, which Grant Park sits on today. In addition to the park’s beautifully landscaped trees, lawns, and monuments, a section of the park is used for biking, jogging, and strolling for the whole family.

North of Grant and Millenium Parks is Lincoln Park, overlooking Lake Michigan. It houses the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is free to the public. Paddleboat around the park to see its many fun and entertaining activities.