Must-See Attractions in Chicago
Sure, these spaces provide a little breathing room in a major metropolitan city, but they also offer a bounty of activities.
Millennium Park (pictured) Concerts, gardens, sculpture and free events draw people to this 24.5-acre corner of Grant Park. A free downloadable tour tells how and why Millennium Park was built, the secrets beneath the park, and the reasons Millennium Park is one of the world's most spectacular public spaces. millenniumpark.org; downloadchicagotours.com
Grant Park Chicago's front yard, Grant Park is among the city's loveliest and most prominent parks. Three world-class museums--the Art Institute, the Field Museum of Natural History and Shedd Aquarium--call it home. Check out the Buckingham Fountain, one of the world's largest fountains, with 20-minute water shows on the hour 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Also in the park: trails for walking, jogging, and biking; a skate park; a dog-friendly area; baseball fields; tennis courts; and more. chicagoparkdistrict.com
Oak Street Beach This stretch of Lake Michigan shore offers a carpet of white sand against a backdrop of skyscrapers. chicagoparkdistrict.com