“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
As you step off the train at North Michigan Avenue, the first place everyone will want to see is Millennium Park, primarily because of the Bean (aka Cloud Gate). However, the one area that should be explored the most is the hidden Lurie Gardens. Not only does it have beautiful flowers and allows others to come together and appreciate nature but it is also more peaceful and less populated than Millennium Park. You can sit and admire the garden while having a picnic, bike ride, or enjoying an event at the Pritzker Pavilion.
With the garden in mind, there is much to explore and do, and the highlight of the gardens are the free events held in the area. With Lurie Garden located in the southeast end of Millennium Park, it offers free events for all with no age limit. It is recommended to come during the day time, as the beauty of the colorful array of flowers won't be as visible during the evening. What makes Lurie Garden special is that it is open year-round and doesn't lose its beauty, even during the harsh winters.
The Lurie Garden opened in 2004 to help Chicago become a greener city and eventually became a leader in landscape design. It is named after the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation, which donated $10 million to create the scenic garden. The most noticeable features are the tall, 15-foot hedges that protect the plants in the 3.5-acre garden and are lit up at night. These hedges are a reference to Carl Sandburg remarking Chicago as "The City of Big Shoulders". There is also a bridge with water running below it, which divides the light and dark sides of the garden. A plant library of all the plants that are in the garden is available on the Lurie Garden's website. The park is open to all and admission free, but donations are always accepted to help support maintenance and their gardens.