The best Outdoor Activities in Chicago (Illinois)

Grant Park (Chicago)
  • Grant Park (Chicago)

    Grant Park is a large urban park (319 acres or 1.29 km²) in the Loop community area of Chicago. Located in Chicago's central business district, the park's most notable features are Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus. Originally known as Lake Park, and dating from the city's founding, it was renamed in 1901 to honor Ulysses S. Grant. The park's area has been expanded several times through land reclamation, and was the focus ...
Millennium Park
  • Millennium Park

    Millennium Park is a public park located in the Loop community area of Chicago in Illinois, US, and originally intended to celebrate the third millennium. It is a prominent civic center near the city's Lake Michigan shoreline that covers a 24.5-acre (99,000 m2) section of northwestern Grant Park. The area was previously occupied by parkland, Illinois Central rail yards, and parking lots. The park, which is bounded by Michigan Avenue, Randolph Street, Columbus Drive and East Monroe Drive, features a ...
Maggie Daley Park
  • Maggie Daley Park

    Maggie Daley Park is a 20-acre (81,000 m2) public park in the Loop community area of Chicago. It is near the Lake Michigan shoreline in northeastern Grant Park where Daley Bicentennial Plaza previously stood. Maggie Daley Park, like its predecessor, is connected to Millennium Park by the BP Pedestrian Bridge. Designed by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, the park had its ceremonial ribbon cutting on December 13, 2014, and is named for Maggie Daley, the former first lady of the ...
Shedd Aquarium
  • Shedd Aquarium

    1200 S Lake Shore Dr (at Solidarity Dr) Chicago, IL 60605 United States
    Strap a mask and flippers onto your imagination and chart a course to Shedd Aquarium. Have you ever gotten eye-to-eye with a dolphin? Or met a penguin on a stroll to the South Pole? Or immersed yourself in an Amazon flooded forest? At Shedd, it's all possible.
Grant Park
  • Grant Park

    337 E Randolph Dr (at Michigan Ave) Chicago, IL 60601 United States
    Proudly referred to as Chicago's "front yard," Grant Park is a public park, 319 acres located in Chicago’s central business district in the Loop Community area. Grant Park’s most notable features include Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus.
One Grant Park
  • One Grant Park

    One Grant Park (also 1200 South Indiana and formerly 113 East Roosevelt) is a skyscraper and related development under construction for Chicago, Illinois in the Central Station neighborhood, of the Near South Side community area. The skyscraper is planned to have 792 apartments and rise 893 feet (272.2 m). It is designed by Rafael Viñoly as the first of a three phase development that includes an even taller 648-unit structure as the second phase and a 100-unit townhouse development with ...
North Avenue Beach
  • North Avenue Beach

    1600 N Lake Shore Dr 60614 Chicago IL United States
    This is the verified facebook page of North Avenue Beach community. We welcome all suggestions and input you may have about this page. This page is not affiliated or managed by the Chicago Park District. North Avenue Beach is located in Lincoln Park at 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive (North Ave. @ Lake Michigan). As one of Chicago's most popular beaches, the beach features a unique and popular beach house that contains 22,000 square feet of space that features something for everyone and ...
Humboldt Park
  • Humboldt Park

    1400 N Humboldt Dr (off of Luis Munoz Marin Drive) Chicago, IL 60622 United States
    Located in the heart of the Humboldt Park Community, Humboldt Park totals 219 acres and features a field house with fitness center, two gymnasiums, meeting rooms and an inland beach.
Emporium Arcade Bar
  • Emporium Arcade Bar

    2363 N Milwaukee (at W Fullerton Ave) Chicago, IL 60647 United States
    Pool tables, foosball, air hockey, pinball, and cocktail table video games; an interior food truck, and an all-canned selection of craft beer.
Lurie Garden
  • Lurie Garden

    Lurie Garden is a 2.5-acre (10,000 m2) garden located at the southern end of Millennium Park in the Loop area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Designed by GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol), Piet Oudolf, and Robert Israel, it opened on July 16, 2004. The garden is a combination of perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees. It is the featured nature component of the world's largest green roof. The garden cost $13.2 million and has a $10 million endowment ...
Oak Street Beach
  • Oak Street Beach

    Lake Shore Dr & Division 60610 Chicago IL United States
    LIVE web cam view of Oak Street Beach in Chicago. Office to Oak Street Beach - maker of Chicago Dogg dog leashes & collars, Chicago Flag Hat, Chicago Flag Wrist Sweatbands, websites, sunglasses, beach events and recommendations and much more!
Maggie Daley Park ice skating ribbon
  • Maggie Daley Park ice skating ribbon

    Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon is a seasonal public ice skating surface in the Maggie Daley Park section of Grant Park in the Loop community area of Chicago, which is bounded by Columbus Drive, Randolph Street, Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive. The ice skating ribbon opened on December 13, 2014, along with the park. The rink extends for one-quarter mile (0.40 km) mile and has a capacity of 700 skaters. In the summer, the rink serves as a ...
La Kids Acting Camp
Pacific Garden Mission
  • Pacific Garden Mission

    Pacific Garden Mission is a homeless shelter in the Near West Side section of Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1877, by Colonel George Clarke and his wife, Sarah. It has been nicknamed, "The Old Lighthouse." It is the oldest such shelter in Chicago. According to the PGM website, "Pacific Garden Mission is the oldest, continuously operating rescue mission in the country." Among the converts to Christ from PGM's efforts are the famous evangelists Billy Sunday and Mel Trotter. In 1950, the Mission began ...
340 on the Park
  • 340 on the Park

    340 on the Park is a residential tower in the Lakeshore East development of the neighborhood of New Eastside/ East Loop Chicago and was completed in 2007. The building briefly surpassed 55 East Erie as the tallest all-residential building in Chicago. It is currently the second tallest all-residential building in Chicago (One Museum Park being the current tallest) at 672 feet (205 meters) with 62 floors. The architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz designed the tower and it was built by Magellan ...
Legacy at Millennium Park
  • Legacy at Millennium Park

    The Legacy at Millennium Park is a 72-story skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, United States, located along S. Wabash Avenue, near E. Monroe Street. At 822 feet (251 meters), it is the thirteenth-tallest building in Chicago. The slender residential tower and mixed-use podium, designed by the architectural firm Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz, contains 360 luxury condominium units and 460 parking spaces. Additionally the building includes 41,000 sq ft (3,800 m2) of classroom space for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in ...
The Heritage at Millennium Park
  • The Heritage at Millennium Park

    The Heritage at Millennium Park, located at 130 N. Garland Court in Chicago, Illinois is a mixed-use tower. Completed in 2005, with a height of 631 feet and 57 floors, the building was designed by the architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz (architects of Legacy Tower as well). It is the 36th-tallest building in Chicago. In what is becoming common practice with newer buildings, the Heritage preserves and makes use of the façades of four existing buildings in its base. The Heritage ...
  • One Bennett Park

    One Bennett Park is a skyscraper under construction at 451 East Grand Avenue, in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. The project was first announced as the building at 451 E. Grand Ave in July 2014, approved in December 2014, and named One Bennett Park in October 2015. The building is named for Edward H. Bennett, the Chicago architect and urban planner who coauthored the 1909 Plan of Chicago. When completed, it will be among the tallest buildings in Chicago.
Christopher Columbus (Grant Park)
  • Christopher Columbus (Grant Park)

    Christopher Columbus is a bronze statue of explorer Christopher Columbus in Grant Park, in Chicago. It was created by the Milanese born sculptor Carlo Brioschi, and installed in 1933. It is set on an exedra and pedestal designed with the help of architect Clarence H. Johnson. In 1933, Chicago celebrated its 100th anniversary with the Century of Progress World's Fair. In conjunction with the fair, Chicago's Italian-American community raised funds and donated the statue of the Genoese navigator and explorer Christopher ...
Family Farm and Campground
  • Milton Lee Olive Park

    Milton Lee Olive Park is a public park in the city of Chicago, Illinois. Designed by Dan Kiley, the park is located west of the James W. Jardine Water Purification Plant and adjacent to Jane Addams Memorial Park and Ohio Street Beach. The park provides large grassy areas for recreation as well aspaths for walking, jogging, and biking. Several benches are located in the park either in open, sunny areas or areas shaded by tall honey locust trees. The park ...