"With Time, Lurie Garden Will Become Spectacular" Top 5 Page for this destination Millennium Park Tip by deecat

Millennium Park, Chicago: 92 reviews and 260 photos

  Lurie Garden with Skyscrapers as a Backdrop
by deecat

My prediction came true! Lurie Garden is, indeed, Spectacular..2007.

Lurie Garden is about 3 acres in size & is located in the southeast corner of Millennium Park. The plantings are symbolic of Chicago's history...they have a massive "Shoulder Hedge" that frames the perennial plants...those of you who know Chicago realize that it is called "The City of The Big Shoulders." There is also a long, creek-like water feature which symbolizes Lake Michigan, I think. Along the west side, they plan to pierce the hedges with cutouts that will give spectators a view into the inner garden & an array of sculptures & topiary forms.

The garden sits above the grade of Monroe & Columbus Drives; enclosing hedges help cut the street noises. The hedges are beeches, hornbeam, & arborvitae, which may take 8 years to fill in completely. There are redbud trees on the eastern side of the garden (only saplings). (Planted in hopes that when fully grown, they will give light shade, giving the area a mysterious feel.

As a gardener, I was thrilled to see over 130 different kinds of plants...widely spaced to account for the natural spread....many of these plants are native to Illinois.
So glad I saw its beginning & have seen it grow & mature through the years.

Kathryn Gustafson & Jennifer Guthrie are the landscape architects along with with Dutch perennial plant master, Piet Oudolf & Robert Israel, architect, who planned this garden.
The water & the boardwalk follow the line of the old Illinois central Railroad retaining wall that was here before. The hedges on the west side are supposed to evoke the "movement of industrial processes such as the city's once-great steel industry".

The garden is named after Ann Luriewho is a Chicago philanthropist who donated 10 million dollars for its construction & upkeep.

You needed an imagination to enjoy Lurie Garden in its early stages, but, oh, what memories one has of what it once was & then what it has become.

Address: Randolph St & Michigan Ave
Directions: Southeast corner of park (Monroe Drive and Columbus Drive.
Phone: 312-742-2963
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 3, 2007
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