Lurie Garden in Millennium Park

Year-round, Open Daily from 6am-11pm

Millennium Park

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Lurie Garden in the Spring

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Designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd and Piet Oudolf, this 3.5 acre garden pays homage to the City's motto, "Urbs in Horto" (City in a Garden), which refers to Chicago's transformation from its flat and marshy origins to a bold and powerful city.

Highlights of the garden include the dramatically lit, 15-foot-high “shoulder” hedge. This physical representation of Carl Sandburg’s famous description of the “City of Big Shoulders” encloses the garden on two sides and protects the delicate perennial garden. A graceful hardwood footbridge over shallow water divides the garden diagonally between “light” and “dark” plates.

Visit the Lurie Garden's website for detailed information on plant life in the garden, sustainability, and garden events.

For updates, photos, free event announcements and information on responsible horticulture follow Lurie Garden on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Sign up for Lurie Garden’s newsletter.  


Visiting and Touring the Garden

Anyone may visit the garden free of charge all year round, 6am-11pm. Check the Lurie Garden website for possible closures.
Guided walks in Lurie Garden take place each Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from May-September. Tours highlight elements of the Garden’s design, its plant life and how this applies to your home garden. Check the Lurie Garden website for tour times. 


Education & Events

Registration for Lurie Garden Programs is now open! 
Lurie Garden’s unique programs are designed to inspire individuals and families of all ages to learn about and enjoy the natural world. Throughout the year we offer interactive educational programs, presentations, lectures and tours for adults and families. Our garden is a place of exploration, learning and enjoyment through all four seasons, whatever your age or interest. Registration for events is required and space is limited. See this season’s list of Lurie Garden Programs.


Upcoming Events:

Adult Programs

Adult Workshop: Homemade Skin Care

Saturday, Dec. 2


Skin care products make great gifts, especially when you make them yourself. This workshop will include learning techniques, making products to take home, and "recipes" to make natural skin care items that are healthy for people and the planet. We may even add a little bit of Lurie Garden to our products!

Note: Pre-registration is required at


Family Programs

Family Workshop: Build a Bird Feeder

Sunday, Dec. 10


You can help resident birds by providing some much-needed food during the winter months. Learn about what types of birds stay in the area for winter and how they survive. Each family will make one bird feeder. Materials and tools will be provided. This workshop is for families with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old.

Note: Pre-registration is required at


Information and Resources

Millennium Park

Millennium Park
Southeast corner of Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

FREE Admission

Tours and Lurie Garden programs are FREE; Programs require registration.

All children must accompanied by an adult.


Guided Tours from May-September

Thursdays & Fridays: 11am–1:15pm

Sundays: 11am–2:15pm

No registration is required for Lurie Garden tours.

Please check the Lurie Garden website for more information and for possible closures.

Open Daily, 6am-11pm 

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