The Best Parks in Chicago

Buckingham Fountain at night

Chicago has plenty to offer beyond skyscrapers and frigid winters. When you’re planning your next visit to the city, be sure to check out the best parks in Chicago! The Chicago Parks District is responsible for maintaining 600 different facilities, giving residents and visitors a much needed green oasis. From playground lots to the most famous park in Chicago– Millennium Park– the best parks in Chicago are more than green lawns and places to work out and play. Many of the parks to visit in Chicago provide cultural attractions. Learn more about the best parks in Chicago with Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower. Plan a visit on your trip!


Millennium Park

Easily the most famous park in Chicago, Millennium Park is in the heart of downtown and was voted the top attraction in the midwest in 2017. Cultural attractions include the Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion, which is known for providing outdoor concerts. And of course, there’s Anish Kapoor’s 110-ton Cloud Gate, more commonly known as “The Bean”. 


Grant Park

Of all the parks to visit in Chicago, be sure to check out Grant Park. Known as “Chicago’s Front Yard”, the 319-acre park is also a famous park in Chicago; it actually houses Millenium Park. Grant Park is known to hold the city’s greatest festivals, like Lollapalooza, and events– most notably when Barack Obama celebrated his victory in 2008.


The 606

Formerly a stretch of “L” train tracks, the 606 is a 2.7-mile-long running and biking path running through Logan Square, Bucktown, and Humboldt Park. If you’re looking for a unique place to workout or just to stretch your legs and admire the skyline, the 606 is one of the best parks in Chicago.


Lincoln Park

Named after President Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Park is a 6-mile stretch of park running alongside Lake Michigan, jammed pack with amenities. Lincoln Park encompasses a zoo, a golf course, baseball fields, running paths, beaches, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory among other features. Lincoln Park is one of the best parks to visit in Chicago.


Visit the Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower

After you’ve explored the best parks in Chicago or Chicago neighborhoods like Logan Square, contact us at Skydeck and plan a visit. Whether the parents are visiting or you’re planning a special occasion, we’ll help you look at the Chicago skyline from a completely different point of view!

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