Maggie Daley Park#13 in Best Things To Do in Chicago
Maggie Daley Park is an expansive property located just east of Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. The massive green space offers numerous activities for both kids and adults on-site, including a climbing wall, a mini-golf course, a playground, a public garden, an ice skating rink (during the winter) and a tennis facility. Whatever you choose to do, you'll get to enjoy fantastic views of the Chicago skyline. Recent guests loved that the park is free to access, and they noted that the attraction is excellent for family fun.
Though many attractions within the park are free, there are costs associated with the climbing wall, mini-golf course, skating rink and snack kiosk, and some things to do are only seasonal. The park is open 365 days a year from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., but most people enjoy the green space more during the warmer weather. The park is within walking distance of many downtown attractions and hotels, and a few bus routes stop right next to the attraction. The nearest L station is Washington/Wabash. There are parking lots within walking distance of Maggie Daley Park as well, but they can be expensive and crowded. For more information, visit the park's website.
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#1 Millennium Park
A first-time visit to Chicago isn't complete without a stop at Millennium Park. Situated in the Loop just north of the Art Institute of Chicago, this 24.5-acre space is used to showcase cutting-edge art, architecture and landscaping; it also acts as a backdrop for concerts and festivals. Most visitors come to Millennium Park to see the Crown Fountain and Cloud Gate, better known as "The Bean." Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain features two 50-foot towers that face each other at opposite ends of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers' LED screens project the faces of 1,000 different Chicago residents, which are perfectly aligned with spouts so that it appears they are spitting water on passersby. Cloud Gate – created by British artist Anish Kapoor – is a 110-ton bean-shaped sculpture forged from stainless steel. The Bean's elliptical shape reflects the Chicago skyline.
There are plenty of other reasons to visit Millennium Park: You can see a concert at the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, stroll through the Lurie Garden or the Boeing Galleries (where contemporary sculpture is displayed outdoors), or sign up for a Segway tour at the McDonald's Cycle Center.
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