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Parks dot the Chicago landscape, and Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago’s location puts you relatively close to some of the city’s best. Millennium Park sits farther south on Michigan Avenue. The park’s Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion offers a great venue for free concerts and cultural events. One of Chicago’s most iconic symbols, Cloud Gate — the larger-than-life silver bean-shaped sculpture — resides in there, as does Crown Fountain, whose 50-foot-tall glass block towers of flowing water project the video images of 1,000 different Chicagoans’ faces.
Lincoln Park, located in its namesake neighborhood, is Chicago's largest green space. Stretching from North to Hollywood avenues, it’s lined with jogging and bike routes as well as the Lincoln Park Zoo. The free zoo gets festive with the wintertime ZooLights, when Santa visits and the grounds glow with millions of holiday lights. A special concert series takes place during the summer, with past artists such as Colbie Caillat and Sugar Ray performing. The park grounds also include the 35-acre Lincoln Park Conservatory, which has a Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House and Show House that hosts annual flower shows. At the south end of the park, you’ll find the Green City Market (May to October) and The Peggy Notebaert Museum. You could spend several days in this park alone. It's about a mile-and-a-half walk from the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel.
Grant Park has become a popular summer gathering spot. It hosts Lollapalooza, the annual musical extravaganza founded by Perry Ellis of Jane’s Addiction. The park regularly holds various other summer festivals, such as the Taste of Chicago and Blues Fest. But even if you don’t make it to one of the city’s famous outdoor fests, we recommend you head there to see Buckingham Fountain. One of the world’s largest fountains, it greets you with a 20-minute water display on the hour (daily 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., the last starting at 10 p.m.).
On a beautiful day in Chicago, guests of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago should be encouraged to visit one of the many green spaces in the city. The city of Chicago has some of the most parks of any city in the country. These include parks large and small, famous and off the beaten path but they are all beautiful and worth a visit. Start with two of the city’s most noteworthy, Millennium and Grant Park. Located side by side in the Loop area, these parks are often home to summer concerts, large festivals and marathons. It is a short, quick walk to these parks from Trump Chicago.
Should you prefer to head north rather than south, than guests should make their way to Lincoln Park. Named after Illinois’ favorite senator and president, Abraham Lincoln, the park stretches for miles along Lake Michigan. Lincoln Park is most famously home to the free Lincoln Park Zoo, located in the center of the park. Open 365 days a year and always free of charge, it’s a terrific afternoon diversion. On the weekends, the park is home to the city’s largest farmers market, Green City Market. Local merchants from all over the Great Lakes region come to sell their homemade goods and they rarely disappoint.