Daley Bicentennial Plaza

  • 337 E. Randolph St.   Chicago, Illinois 60601 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jackie Guthrie
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-3918

A major construction project is underway at Daley Bicentennial Plaza.  
The fieldhouse, playground, tennis courts, and skating rink are currently closed and will remain closed during construction. 

• 2014 day camp will take place at the Lincoln Park South Fieldhouse
• Children’s programs are accommodated at Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr. and adult fitness programs at Lake Shore Park, 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. 
• Alternate locations for playgrounds include Lake Shore Park; Lakeshore East, 450 E. Benton Pl.; Seneca Playlot Park, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; Burnham Park, 5491 S. Lake Shore Dr.; Roosevelt Park, 62 W. Roosevelt Rd.; and Jones Park, 1240 S. Plymouth Ct. 
• Alternate tennis court locations include Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Dr., Lake Shore Park; Dunbar Park, 300 E. 31st St., Lincoln Park, 3700 N. Recreation Dr.; and Skinner Park, 1331 W. Monroe St.
• Alternate skate rink locations include Millennium Park operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 201 E. Randolph St.; McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave.; and Midway Plaisance, 1130 Midway Plaisance.


The dramatic transformation of this space will result in the new Maggie Daley Park.
Learn more about this new park and the construction project.

 

 

History

Proudly referred to as Chicago's "front yard," Grant Park is among the city's loveliest and most prominent parks. The site of three world-class museums: the Art Institute, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium. The park includes the museum campus, a 1995 transformation of paved areas into beautiful greenspace. Grant Park's centerpiece is the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, built in 1927 to provide a monumental focal point while protecting the park's breathtaking lakefront views. Grant Park's beginnings date to 1835, when citizens, fearing commercial lakefront development, lobbied to protect the open space. As a result, the park's original area east of Michigan Avenue was designated "public ground forever to remain vacant of buildings." Officially named Lake Park in 1847, the site soon suffered from lakefront erosion. The Illinois Central Railroad agreed to build a breakwater to protect the area in exchange for permission for an offshore train trestle. After the Great Fire of 1871, the area between the shore and trestle became a dump site for piles of charred rubble, the first of many landfill additions. In 1901, the city transferred the park to the South Park Commission, which named it for Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), 18th President of the United States. Renowned architect Daniel H. Burnham envisioned Grant Park as a formal landscape with museums and civic buildings. However, construction was stalled by lawsuits launched by mail-order magnate Aaron Montgomery Ward, who sought to protect the park's open character. Finally, in 1911, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Ward's favor. New landfill at the park's southern border allowed construction of the Field Museum to begin, and the park evolved slowly. In 1934, the South Park Commission was consolidated into the Chicago Park District, which completed improvements using federal relief funds. At the turn of the 21st century, the north end of Grant Park is undergoing a multi-million-dollar facelift, as old railbeds are transformed into Millennium Park, a major landscape and festival site.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Hutchinson Fields

Hutchinson Fields

Location Notes: 900 S. Columbus Dr.

Grant Park Groves

Grant Park Groves

Location Notes: 800 S. Columbus Dr.

Grant Park Tennis Court

Grant Park Tennis Court

Location Notes: 900 S. Columbus

Descriptors: Lighted

Sand Volleyball

Sand Volleyball

Location Notes: 900 S. Columbus Dr.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adventure Camp at Maggie Daley 113607CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/01/19 14:45January 19, 2015
Monday from 8:45am to 5:15pm
$40.00
Adventure Camp at Maggie Daley 113608CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/02/16 14:45February 16, 2015
Monday from 8:45am to 5:15pm
$40.00
Archery at Maggie Daley 101097InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Art & ABCs at Maggie Daley 98614InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 20:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$50.00
Art & ABCs at Maggie Daley 113558InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$50.00
Arts & Crafts at Maggie Daley 113578InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5y 9m but less than 12Coed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$30.00
Badminton at Maggie Daley 98716InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$30.00
Boot Camp at Maggie Daley 113592InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Boot Camp at Maggie Daley 113593InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Boot Camp at Maggie Daley 113601InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 19:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$30.00
Cardio Conditioning at Maggie Daley 113599InstructionWellness - Fitness55 and upCoed2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Circuit Training at Maggie Daley 114369InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Circuit Training at Maggie Daley 113596InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 18:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Circuit Training at Maggie Daley 114374InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Dino Diggers at Maggie Daley 113587InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$50.00
Dodgeball at Maggie Daley 113589InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 5y 9m but less than 11Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Dodgeball at Maggie Daley 113590InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 5y 9m but less than 11Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Fun and Games at Maggie Daley 99660InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$50.00
Fun and Games at Maggie Daley 113552InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 5y 9m but less than 12Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Indoor Tennis at Maggie Daley 99981InstructionSports - TennisAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Indoor Tennis at Maggie Daley 99980InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 20:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$50.00
Indoor Tennis at Maggie Daley 99982InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 21:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Indoor Tennis at Maggie Daley 99983InstructionSports - TennisAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$50.00
Indoor Tennis at Maggie Daley 99984InstructionSports - TennisAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Kickboxing at Maggie Daley 113598InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 13:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$30.00
Kiddie College - Winter Session at Maggie Daley 100062InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:30am
$175.00
Kiddie College - Winter Session at Maggie Daley 100063InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 16:45From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10:45am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 10:45am to 12:45pm
$225.00
Kidzenergy at Maggie Daley 100111InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$50.00
Little Artists at Maggie Daley 113559InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$50.00
Mighty Munchkins at Maggie Daley 113585InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:30pm
$30.00
Mixed Media Arts at Maggie Daley 113604InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Mommy & Me Yoga at Maggie Daley 113586InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/01/06 15:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 9:45am
$40.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Maggie Daley 100451InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 3Coed2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
$60.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Maggie Daley 113557InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 3Coed2015/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$50.00
Music and Movement at Maggie Daley 113550InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 21:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Music and Movement at Maggie Daley 113582InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/07 20:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$50.00
Music and Movement at Maggie Daley 100495InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$50.00
Nature Fun at Maggie Daley 114382InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Nature Fun at Maggie Daley 113609InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 5y 9m but less than 11Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$30.00
Play School at Maggie Daley 114386InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 9:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 9:30am
Each Friday from 9am to 9:30am
$25.00
Play School at Maggie Daley 102008InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 15:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$75.00
Play School at Maggie Daley 102009InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/05 16:45From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$75.00
Play School at Maggie Daley 113584InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1y 9m but less than 3Coed2015/01/06 15:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 9:45am
$50.00
Play School at Maggie Daley 113561InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:40pm
$50.00
Recreational Tumbling at Maggie Daley 101096InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 9am to 9:45am
$50.00
Recreational Tumbling at Maggie Daley 101099InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Recreational Tumbling at Maggie Daley 101100InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2015/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$30.00
Seasonal Sports at Maggie Daley 101173InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5y 9m but less than 11Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Maggie Daley 101174InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 19:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$50.00
Soccer at Maggie Daley 113588InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 19:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$50.00
Soccer at Maggie Daley 114387InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Table Tennis - Open at Maggie Daley 113549OpenSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Table Tennis at Maggie Daley 113566InstructionSports - Table TennisAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Table Tennis at Maggie Daley 114378InstructionSports - Table TennisAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Tap & Ballet at Maggie Daley 113580InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 21:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Tap & Ballet at Maggie Daley 101098InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Tap & Ballet at Maggie Daley 113551InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$50.00
Tap & Ballet at Maggie Daley 101610InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$50.00
Teen Leadership Club at Maggie Daley 113605InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2015/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Tennis at Maggie Daley 113569InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Tennis at Maggie Daley 113571InstructionSports - TennisAt least 5y 9m but less than 10Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$50.00
Tennis at Maggie Daley 113567InstructionSports - TennisAt least 5y 9m but less than 10Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$50.00
Tennis at Maggie Daley 113572InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Tennis at Maggie Daley 113573InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$50.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Maggie Daley 113603InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$50.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Maggie Daley 114384InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Tot Spot at Maggie Daley 113579OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$50.00
Yoga at Maggie Daley 113595InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Yoga at Maggie Daley 114372InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Yoga at Maggie Daley 114377InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$30.00
Yoga/Pilates at Maggie Daley 113591InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Yoga/Pilates at Maggie Daley 114371InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Yoga/Pilates at Maggie Daley 113600InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Young Scientist at Maggie Daley 113562InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Young Scientist at Maggie Daley 113563InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 5y 9m but less than 11Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$30.00
Zumba at Maggie Daley 113594InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Zumba at Maggie Daley 113602InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Zumba at Maggie Daley 113597InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00

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A major construction project is underway at Daley Bicentennial Plaza.  
The fieldhouse, playground, tennis courts, and skating rink are currently closed and will remain closed during construction. 

• 2014 day camp will take place at the Lincoln Park South Fieldhouse
• Children’s programs are accommodated at Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr. and adult fitness programs at Lake Shore Park, 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. 
• Alternate locations for playgrounds include Lake Shore Park; Lakeshore East, 450 E. Benton Pl.; Seneca Playlot Park, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; Burnham Park, 5491 S. Lake Shore Dr.; Roosevelt Park, 62 W. Roosevelt Rd.; and Jones Park, 1240 S. Plymouth Ct. 
• Alternate tennis court locations include Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Dr., Lake Shore Park; Dunbar Park, 300 E. 31st St., Lincoln Park, 3700 N. Recreation Dr.; and Skinner Park, 1331 W. Monroe St.
• Alternate skate rink locations include Millennium Park operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 201 E. Randolph St.; McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave.; and Midway Plaisance, 1130 Midway Plaisance.


The dramatic transformation of this space will result in the new Maggie Daley Park.
Learn more about this new park and the construction project.

 

 

Proudly referred to as Chicago's "front yard," Grant Park is among the city's loveliest and most prominent parks. The site of three world-class museums: the Art Institute, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium. The park includes the museum campus, a 1995 transformation of paved areas into beautiful greenspace. Grant Park's centerpiece is the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, built in 1927 to provide a monumental focal point while protecting the park's breathtaking lakefront views. Grant Park's beginnings date to 1835, when citizens, fearing commercial lakefront development, lobbied to protect the open space. As a result, the park's original area east of Michigan Avenue was designated "public ground forever to remain vacant of buildings." Officially named Lake Park in 1847, the site soon suffered from lakefront erosion. The Illinois Central Railroad agreed to build a breakwater to protect the area in exchange for permission for an offshore train trestle. After the Great Fire of 1871, the area between the shore and trestle became a dump site for piles of charred rubble, the first of many landfill additions. In 1901, the city transferred the park to the South Park Commission, which named it for Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), 18th President of the United States. Renowned architect Daniel H. Burnham envisioned Grant Park as a formal landscape with museums and civic buildings. However, construction was stalled by lawsuits launched by mail-order magnate Aaron Montgomery Ward, who sought to protect the park's open character. Finally, in 1911, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Ward's favor. New landfill at the park's southern border allowed construction of the Field Museum to begin, and the park evolved slowly. In 1934, the South Park Commission was consolidated into the Chicago Park District, which completed improvements using federal relief funds. At the turn of the 21st century, the north end of Grant Park is undergoing a multi-million-dollar facelift, as old railbeds are transformed into Millennium Park, a major landscape and festival site.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.