Stay in Grant Park and visit this area to see these monuments – a must for any visit to the city.
Art on every corner.
Inside Grant Park, between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive, this land belonging to the Illinois Railway which was occupied by rail yards and parking lots in the twentieth century, was transformed in 2004 into one of the most visited places in the city, a place to enjoy sculptures and monuments in the open air. The Millennium Park, which won the Rudy Brunner Award for Urban Excellence in 2009, was conceived as a way of converting the industrial area into a new public space where residents and tourists alike could enjoy the huge works of art and architecture such as Crown Fountain, by the Spaniard Jaume Plensa, the Lurie Garden or Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor. Although the original idea was to convert it into a traditional green space with a concert hall, in the end, thanks to private investment, it became an ambitious and stunning project with a collection of artists, landscape artists and designers of international renown such as Frank Gehry, who designed the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.