Getting Around Chicago

The most popular park in Chicago is easily accessible by public and private transportation. Anyone wishing to explore Grant Park can do so by driving on several busy interstate highways that lead directly to Downtown Chicago. The urban waterfront park is located only several blocks away from where Interstate-90, Interstate-94, and Interstate 290 merge together. Running for over 3,000 miles, I-90 connects all areas in northern United States between the Pacific coast and Atlantic Coast. I-94 is a major highway in the Great Lakes region, running through other major cities including Minneapolis and Detroit. I-290 is a short 30-mile road that links Chicago to some of the western suburbs. Other interstate highways that lead to the Chicago area include I-88 and I-57. 

Michigan Avenue, a busy two-way road in Downtown Chicago, forms the western boundary of Grant Park. Covering more than 300 acres, the beautiful urban park is also bisected by several other busy roads, with Lake Shore Drive running along the eastern edge of the park. Parking space on the actual park grounds is limited, so drivers should look for multiple parking garages that are located directly nearby. Millenium Garages offer the best parking options near the park, with thousands of spaces available. 

Grant Park is well served by local rapid and commuter rail lines. METRA, which consists of 11 commuter train lines, has multiple stops directly at the park grounds. Millenium Station, Van Burren Street, Museum Campus, and 18th Street are METRA stops that are all located along the Metra Electric line. This line splits into multiple branches that terminate in the suburban communities south of Chicago. Other METRA trains stop at nearby Downtown Chicago stations such as LaSalle Street, Ogilvie Transportation Center and Chicago Union Station. Served by more than a dozen Amtrak lines, Chicago Union Station is the busiest rail hub in the city. 

Grant Park is within walking distance from more than a dozen Chicago Transit Authority subway stations. The CTA operates eight color-coded lines throughout the city, and these lines serve downtown Chicago area. Most of the nearby subway stops are scattered west of Grant Park. For example, the Randolph/Wabash station is located near the northwestern corner of the park, and this station is served by five CTA train lines. The Roosevelt Station, which is served by three CTA lines, provides access to the southern part of Grant Park. Additionally, several CTA bus routes also stop directly near Grant Park, mostly along Michigan Avenue.