Since its completion in 2004, this 24.5-acre park across from Michigan Avenue has been a favorite Midwest tourist destination, and you can still catch crowds of people from all over the world marveling at their reflections in Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture ("The Bean") and frolicking in the Jaume Plensa-designed Crown Fountain. Tourists and locals alike enjoy Millennium Park in all seasons, whether taking in a diverse lineup of concerts and outdoor movies on the lawn of the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion in the summer or ice skating in the winter.
Chicago's motto is "City in a Garden," and our public green spaces live up to such a lofty name. With more than 600 facilities throughout the city, the Chicago Parks District boasts something for everyone, whether you're looking for a tiny neighborhood playlot for the kids or a vast swath of green space. Chicago parks are more than just places to work out, ride your bike or play tennis—they also offer plenty of cultural programming, such as the Millennium Park summer concert series or outdoor movies. Most importantly, these Chicago attractions provide a space to relax and momentarily forget that you're in the middle of a large city filled with people, buildings and cars. Not sure which Chicago parks you should visit? Leaving aside Chicago beaches (unfair advantage, honestly), these are some of our favorite parks in the city.