Chicago: Downtown & Central

Millennium Park and Grant Park

Grant Park, modeled after the gardens at Versailles, runs between Michigan Ave. and the Museum Campus. It is a treat to run along the allées of trees and paths, and provides a pastoral break from the elements along the Lakefront Trail. Scenic highlights include the Buckingham Fountain and numerous outdoor sculptures and monuments. The northwest section of the park features Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago; the southeast area bridges over to Museum Campus. A loop involving the main paths of Grant Park is about 3 miles. Running the perimeter of Millennium Park adds another mile. A nice add-on is the adjacent Museum Campus, which is about 2 miles if the loop around the Shedd Aquarium is included.



  • 3-5 miles, with options
  • Flat
  • Either park, connect to Lakefront Path as well
  • Accessible from downtown - see trail info for tunnels crossing Shore Drive