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Chicago's Front Yard

Explore the Chicago Parks District

Enjoy Grant & Millennium Park Events and Activities

The Blackstone offers guests an ideal location, situated right in the heart of the Chicago parks district. Just a quick walk from both Millennium Park and Grant Park, there is always something exciting going on near The Blackstone. From music festivals to stunning art installations, discover some of the best Grant and Millennium Park events and activities below.


Cloud Gate

One of the most iconic sights in Chicago is unquestionably Cloud Gate, the gleaming sculpture lovingly nicknamed The Bean. Standing more than 30 feet high, tourists come from all over to snap a picture within the reflective surface of the Bean in Millennium Park.

A Large Reflective Sphere In Millennium Park

Pritzker Pavilion

Enjoy an exciting live show at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, one of the premier outdoor Amphitheatres in Chicago, located centrally in Millennium Park. The pavilion offers an incredibly unique design and electric atmosphere for seeing live shows.

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Buckingham Fountain

Sitting as the centerpiece to Grant Park is the stunning landmark known as Buckingham Fountain. The fountain was created to represent Lake Michigan and features four pairs of beautifully Art Deco style sea horses.

A City With A Fountain And A Large Statue In The Middle

Annual Events


One of the largest music festivals in the U.S., Lollapalooza, has made a home in Chicago’s own Grant Park. Featuring some of the biggest names in music, this larger-than-life music festival experience takes place each summer, just minutes from The Blackstone.

Millennium Park Festival in Chicago

Taste of Chicago

Treat your taste buds and indulge in a week of delicious and unique cuisine at the Taste of Chicago food festival, held in Grant Park each summer. With live performances and art installations scattered throughout the festival, this is one Grant Park, Chicago event you won’t want to miss.

Taste of Chicago event

Chicago Blues Festival

Experience the best of the best in the world of Blues music during the Chicago Blues Festival, held in Millennium Park each summer. As one of the largest blues festivals in the world, this annual celebration has seen the likes of Ray Charles and B.B. King grace its stage.

Chicago Blues Festival event

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