Maggie Daley Park Chicago
Spectacular. That's it. Maggie Daley Park in Chicago is incredible! A must-see!
Formerly North Grant Park in Chicago, Maggie Daley Park got a major facelift from Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. There were many meetings to draw input from the public, further focus groups were held and a survey drawing over 1,500 responses helped shape what this magnificent park is today.
Below is a snippet directly from the Maggie Daley website where you can learn more.
The park design is based upon the following design principals:
- Blend programmatic ambitions
- Choreograph a complex landscape that offers experiential range
- Unify the site with constructed topography and vegetation
- Increase comfort through mitigation of noise, wind, and sun
- Create accessible and accommodating paths
We definitely noticed all the jaw-dropping landscaping and of course that stellar Chicago skyline framing the backdrop. I actually kept commenting to husband, "Can you believe all of the trees and the landscaping?! I mean can you imagine the up-keep?!" We were taken aback by the park, and by the City of Chicago's commitment to creating such a gorgeous, FREE, public park for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. Looking at their attractions list, we didn't even make a dent! We spent the entire day, albeit cloudy, but SWELTERING, I had sweat dripping down my back with each swing push, entirely at the playground area. Even THAT area alone had SO much to discover! Again, around literally every corner or bush, there was another thoughtful, engaging experience to be had. The nest swings were a favorite, and the huge slides of course were a HIT, and a giant rope crawler which took concentration and balance from these active 2 and four year old girlies.
We spent a good portion of the day here, and stopped for a sandwich and a change into our swimming suits. "Ah see? Live it, learn it," a little line from Sex and the City. Husband was such a good sport, and always running around helping the girls and I on this "vacation." He ran back to the hotel, not small blocks, and grabbed the swimming bag. We did the Crown Fountains once more to cool down before heading back to the hotel for late naps this day.
Planning ahead, I would definitely say this park takes an entire day, at least three hours. They have a scooter are and a rock climbing wall that would have been fun to see. Lucky for Chicagoans that they get to go back again and again and discover new spaces and activities there. We also met a kind man named Rob who mentioned that they have free symphony concerts in that park on the grass in Millennium Park and they have incredible sound systems overhead. We missed out on this as it happens on Wednesday nights, I believe.
Now if Colorado could find a huge chunk of city space or revamp City Park....hint hint...
Remy is wearing a tank dress by AARREKID, we have had it a long while and I am sure it is past season because we typically buy sale, and Arlo is wearing a straw print romper by Indikidual, an older pattern but how cute was their last line with sushi?! (Similar here.)