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Lurie Garden in the Spring

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Designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd and Piet Oudolf, this five 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.


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 here.




201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave. and Columbus Ave.
Southeast corner of Millennium Park (Map)
Chicago, IL 60602




Open Daily, 6am-11pm

Guided Tours take place on Thursdays & Fridays: 11am–1:15pm, Sundays: 11am–2:15pm from May-September. No registration is required for Lurie Garden tours. Please check the Lurie Garden website for more information and for possible closures.




Admission, tours and Lurie Garden programs are FREE; Programs require registration. All children must accompanied by an adult.




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The following services are available for persons with disabilities: 

  • Accessible entrance(s) 
  • Accessible washroom(s) 
  • Assistive listening devices provided 
  • Accessible seating area available
  • Wheelchair loans are available in the Millennium Park Welcome Center

For more information and reservations call 312.742.1168, TTY: 312.744.2947




Public Transportation:

From the Green, Orange, Brown, Pink and Purple Line Express elevated lines, exit at the Madison/Wabash or Randolph/Wabash stations and walk two blocks east. From the Red and Blue Line subways, exit at Monroe or Washington stations and walk two or three blocks east. The park is also served by buses 3, 4, 6, 14, 20, 56, 60, 124, 151,157 and 173. During weekday rush periods only the Park is also served by buses 26 and 148.

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Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage, Grant Park North, Grant Park South and East Monroe Garages. For more information or directions for any of these parking garages, visit or call 312.616.0600.