If you are visiting Chicago for the first time, the quickest way to do some action-packed sight seeing is to explore the area around Grant Park. The “front yard” of Chicago, Grant Park is the expansive green space nestled between towering skyscrapers and Lake Michigan. Grant Park is also home to the start and finish of the Chicago Marathon. The finely manicured gardens provide an attractive landscape set against the iconic skyline of Chicago. You’ll of course recognize the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), which at 1,451 feet tall is now the second tallest building in the U.S. Amongst the many architectural and sculptural treasures around the park, Frank Gehry’s masterpiece band shell, the Pritzker Pavilion, will surely catch your eye. Other highlights of the park include the reflective sculpture, Cloud Gate (nicknamed “the Bean”), and the massive rococo-styled Buckingham Fountain. Our route will take you on a tour of Grant Park with an extension to Northerly Island. The island is actually a man-made peninsula that shelters Burnham Harbor. Crossing to and from Northerly Island you will pass by the stunning architecture of the museum campus including Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, and Shedd Aquarium.
Strava Curated Route
- 6.0 mi Distance
- 174 ft Elevation
- Road Run Type
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