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Hotels in Chicago near Grant Park

Grant Park Introduction

Set between the downtown Loop business district and Lake Michigan, the 319-acre Grant Park features performance venues, gardens, art works, sporting venues, and harbor facilities. It's known as "Chicago's front yard.” The park has been the setting for notable political moments, including the funeral procession of Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama's Election Day victory speech. The park opened on a smaller scale in 1844 as Lake Park, and was renamed in 1901 after Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States.

Hotels near Grant Park

There are several hotels along South Michigan Avenue, which forms the western border of the park. These vary considerably in price, with straightforward 3-star options and upscale 4-star hotels, including a 19th-century property with lake views and a 1910 beaux arts building featuring a Spanish restaurant. Some of Chicago’s landmark hotels are found north of Grant Park around the Magnificent Mile. Here you can find luxury, high-rise 5-star hotels with city and lake views. Chicago is busy in the summer, so the best room rates are in the winter, but it can feel very cold.

Where to stay near Grant Park

Most of Chicago's sights can be found in The Loop, the downtown area within a raised train-line loop. Full of cafes, bars, shopping, hotels, and Grant Park, this is the heart of the city. If art is your thing, try River North Gallery District, which has the largest concentration of art galleries outside Manhattan. Just to the north is Uptown, a trendy area with striking Art Deco architecture, jazz clubs, and the theaters on Broadway. You can find better room rates in Westside, which has a more diverse, eclectic feel with international cuisine and vintage shops.

Things to see near Grant Park

Grant Park has many well-known landmarks such as Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute, and Millennium Park, which features Frank Gehry's Pritzker Pavilion, as well as public artworks such as Anish Kapoor's 110-ton Cloud Gate (“The Bean”) and Jaume Plensa's Crown Fountain. The Navy Pier has an IMAX cinema, a Ferris wheel, a swing ride, and an 18-hole mini-golf course. To the south of Grant Park there is the Shedd Aquarium. Further to the north is Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the few free-entry zoos in America.

How to get to Grant Park

As the park is in the center of Chicago, traveling by car is relatively difficult, so you may prefer public transport. The L train (short for "elevated train") is cheap and easy to use, and there's also a comprehensive bus system. The Metra regional train system links Downtown to neighboring cities. O'Hare International Airport (18.4 miles) and Chicago Midway International Airport (11 miles) can be reached using the L trains. Otherwise you can find cabs, or use the seasonal water taxis that take passengers along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

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