On June 7, 2012, I was invited by the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park for a private tour to learn more about this amazing 5-acre garden right smack in the middle of Michigan Avenue.
Recently, the “Lurie” name has made headlines in Chicago with the move of the Children’s Memorial Hospital to the new, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The Lurie family are Chicago philanthropists who help fund such meaningful projects like the Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Lurie Garden, just to name a few.
Millennium Park is a draw for millions of tourists and locals all year with the beautiful Cloud Gate, lovingly called “The Bean” as it’s star, and anchored by the Crown Fountain, Jay Prtizker Pavilion, and the hidden gem, Lurie Garden, that can only be delightfully discovered if one takes the time to stroll inward the park.
The Lurie Garden is a true urban oasis as the native plant life and landscape quiet the city sounds around you. Yet, as you look up the juxtaposition of the gorgeous landscape, against the historic and overwhelmingly beautiful buildings take your breathe away.
Open 365 days a year from 6:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M., the Lurie Garden offers free self-guided tours, classes and workshops, school field studies, art & garden tours and even birding in the heart of the city! All these programs are FREE for anyone who wants to take advantage of them!
This year, the Lurie Garden launched a membership program, where funds go directly back into maintaining the Garden and it’s programs. Memberships start at $50 up to $1500 and everything in between.
Next time you’re at Millennium Park, make sure you stroll through the Lurie Garden, take in the scenery or bring a book and read while you dip your toes in the stream!
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