Lurie Garden
Lurie Garden
4.5

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Neighbourhood: Millennium Park
How to get there
  • Adams/Wabash • 6 min walk
  • Randolph/Wabash • 7 min walk
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China1,60,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The Lurie Garden is a 2.5 acre section of Millennium Park that functions as something of a secret garden and place to enjoy nice flowering plants and views of the city skyline. It is located in the southeast corner of the Park near the E Monroe St. and S Columbus Dr. intersection.

You'll find nice rows of hedges and variety of plants which bloom at different times of the year. We enjoyed a brief walk through Lurie Garden in route to the BP Pedestrian Bridge. Plenty of birds around and a fair number of cottontail rabbits hopping about. Was a nice touch having a bit of wildlife to go with this botanical area of Millennium Park.
Written 10 May 2023
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Irina
United States11,131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The striking beauty of Lurie Garden is in the natural prairie looks, contrasting with the modern design of the urban park with shaded walkways, benches, a boardwalk, multiple information boards, etc. This public park is named after Ann Lourie, who donated millions of dollars to build and develop the park.

Both parts of the park -- Dark Plate and Light Plate -- represent the natural flora of the Midwest -- perennial flowers, plants, trees, various types of prairie grasses. The park is open all the year round, so you can enjoy the change of colors along the change of seasons. The Dark Plate looks like a giant green wall of tall trees, densely planted and trimmed, thus providing extra shade for visitors in the summertime.

By the time of our visit (end of June), the garden looked like a vast prairie land, with not too many flowers blooming. It was nice and pleasant to stroll and relax in the shaded alleyways of the garden.

Lurie Garden is well marked, it is located in the Millennium Park, just some minutes of leisurely walk to its main attractions -- Great Lawn and Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Promenade, sculptures, fountains, restaurants and cafes, and many other attractions. The Chicago Skyline looks absolutely spectacular from Lurie Garden!
Written 21 January 2023
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dese2
Auburn, NY2,687 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is such a beautiful spot in Millennium Park, but it can almost be missed. Despite my research I didn't know about this park before arriving. I walked by on my way to the Lake Michigan waterfront.
I visited two times while in Chicago over the weekend. It was very close to my hotel and made an excellent evening walk after a day indoors conferencing.
The garden is free and easy to enter on Monroe St. just opposite the Art Institute.
Walk around to see all the flowers and maybe catch a glimpse of animals carrying-on.
Boards along the way will help you identify flowers.
Of course, the array of flowers will be seasonal. The park covers five acres and according to the web page is open all year round.
My only regret is that I didn't take more photos. I was too busy enjoying the experience!
Written 31 July 2022
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Monique R
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We stumbled onto this small park tucked within larger Millennium Park just before sunset. What a hidden gem! Soft shades of blue, yellow, purple, pink and white, with the stunning skyscraper skyline as a backdrop. I especially liked that many of the plants are North American Natives and that the gardeners left last year's plant stubble over the winter to provide habitat for insects and other small creatures. While everyone else is gawking at the Bean, go out of your way to enjoy this quiet, beautiful spot!
Written 10 June 2022
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Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I visited here, as part of my visit to Millennium Park. Being someone that loves nature, the garden was a delight to me.
Written 13 June 2020
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt519 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
It worths a visit and having a look for a variety of pretty flowers. It is a well-maintained park and it is located in the great Miliniieum Park.
Written 25 April 2020
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Susan B
Chelsea, MI45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
While this is not a large garden, it is truly lovely. It was designed by the famous Piet Oudolf (who also designed the Highline Garden in NYC). It is, like many of his gardens, influenced by meadows and prairies and he does use many plants native to the Midwest in this garden. It a joy and an inspiration. I highly recommend it.
Written 5 November 2019
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Neta_Avivi
Tel Aviv, Israel3,546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Lurie Garden is a large garden located at Millennium Park in the Loop area of Chicago. It is a beautiful garden filled with greenery, flowers and trees. It provides a wonderful opportunity to take a break from this busy city and enjoy the tranquility of nature in the center of the Chicago.
Written 4 October 2019
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bfly1
Tucson, AZ189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Business
One doesn't expect to see an authentic meadow in the middle of one of the world's largest metropolis. At no charge. It was in full glory in late summer. The diversity was spectacular, and not lost on the many bees and butterflies collecting the abundance of floral rewards for their pollination services. At one point, I interacted with a guide, who gave me very interesting information about specific plant species. For the kids, there is an artificial stream running through the garden, and on this hot humid day, both parents and kids were sitting on the granite blocks, dipping their feet. At the time I visited, a symphony orchestra (perhaps THE symphony orchestra?) was practicing in the band shell beyond, and we could hear the music as though seated in a concert hall. Quite a sensory experience. I strongly recommend it, with the caution that flower diversity and abundance will vary seasonly.
Written 1 August 2019
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Laura B
Indianapolis, IN50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
My favorite place in Chicago- absolutely stunning gardens juxtaposed with the skyline of the city. Butterflies abound. Sit next to the water or wade into it to cool off.
Written 8 July 2019
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