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Holiday Inn Chicago-DowntownHoliday Inn Chicago-Downtown
506 West Harrison,
Chicago, IL 60607 US

Our recently renovated boutique style Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago Downtown is conveniently located in the bustling West Loop area. Just blocks away from Sears Tower, Amtrak/Union Station, Greek Town, Little Italy, University of Illinois Chicago Campus, UIC Pavilion, Rush Presbyterian Medical Center, Chicago Board of Trade, McCormick Place, Civic Opera House, Grant Park...more

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506 West Harrison,
Chicago, IL 60607 US

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ABOUT GRANT PARK CHICAGO

One of the more famous landmarks in the massive Midwest metropolis of Chicago is Grant Park. The origins of Grant Park go back to the founding of the city itself. In 1839, the Fort Dearborn Reserve became a part of the plans for Chicago and the section east of Michigan Avenue which was located south of Randolph was set aside as public land in the city plans with the stipulation that it would never have any building activity.

Grant Park was originally known as Lake Park when the city established it in 1844. The Illinois Central Railroad came to Chicago in 1852. The city permitted the railroad to build on a causeway off of the lake shore, but the resulting lagoon soon became a stagnant swamp. The city filled the man-made body of water with the charred remains from the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The park has been extended into Lake Michigan on multiple occasions. One such extension in the early twentieth century used earth dug out by the Chicago Tunnel Company as landfill.

Lake Park became Grant Park in October 1901 in honor of Union General and former US President Ulysses S. Grant. Frequently, the restriction on buildings has been ignored by the city. Among other structures built on the park site was an early home of the Chicago Cubs baseball franchise, prior to the building of Wrigley Field. One of the more recent changes to the park was the development of Millennium Park out of a section of the northern edges of Grant Park. This new development utilized land that was previously used as a parking lot and a rail yard for the Illinois Central. 

Grant Park has been the scene of many important events throughout its long history. Queen Elizabeth II landed at the park with her yacht Britannia to commemorate the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959. Pope John Paul II celebrated mass to a large throng early in his papacy. Most recently, in 2008, then-President-elect Barack Obama gave his victory speech in the park.

Grant Park includes a total land area of 319 acres that sit between Lake Michigan and the Chicago Loop. The park is home to a number of cultural venues and museums. It is also famous for the Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest in the world. Gardens and green areas provide a wonderful setting for a relaxing day. Pedestrian bridges provide access to many of the areas that are otherwise cut off by sunken railroad beds.