Visit Lurie Garden
As part of the initiative to limit the spread of coronavirus, popular Chicago public parks may have limited access and special arrangements including Lurie Garden in Millennium Park.
The garden has been partially opened to the public. The outer walkways and the boardwalk of the garden can be accessed by two-way traffic and the two east/west pathways in the Light Plate can be accessed one-way only. There is signage in the garden to guide visitors. Please consider the two maps below that show how you can get through the park to the garden and how you can navigate the garden at this time.
Many of the entrances to the park are closed except for the entrance along Michigan Ave. at Madison & Washington Streets. The gate in the SW corner of the garden is open as well as the two gates on the North Side. Refer to the map below. Orange areas indicate possible routes in/out of the garden.
Here are some other things to keep in mind:
- The park hours are from 8am – 9pm.
- Visitors to Millennium Park are required to wear a face mask at all times. This will be checked at the entrances’ security checkpoint.
- There will be staff circulating around the park and garden reminding people about social distancing and the importance of keeping their masks on if needed.
We are a part of the Millennium Park. The City of Chicago and Millennium Park dictates if, when, and to what extent Lurie Garden can open. We believe that Millennium Park will learn in the next week or so how many visitors they can expect and what is a reasonable plan for opening more areas of the park, if possible. We will do our best to keep you updated.
Before you visit the garden, please check back here and on our Facebook page that will show you the open areas and how to access the garden.
Please understand we will be starting slow and experimenting with access limits based on the City of Chicago and Millennium Park’s guidelines, staffing resources, the volume of visitors, and visitor’s cooperation.
We want to thank everyone for your patience & understanding as we try to balance safety, guidelines, resources, and our community’s interest in visiting the garden. We will do our very best to communicate new procedures and increase access if and as soon as we’re able.
Come see this ‘naturalistic’ garden in Millennium Park! Everyone is welcome, the garden has no entrance fee.
South-Eastern corner of Millennium Park in Chicago, IL.
To find the closest pedestrian entrance of the garden, you can:
- Put “210 E. Monroe St., Chicago, IL” into Google Maps. Please note this is NOT our mailing address.
- Enter at the NW corner of the intersection of S. Columbus Dr. & Monroe St.
- Enter Millennium Park at the entrance across the street from the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.
There is minimal meter street parking in the Millennium Park area. Paid parking is also available in the Millennium Park Garages, where space depends on availability.
*Temporary garden closures/cancellations
The garden can be closed partially or in its entirety with the intention of keeping the garden or visitors safe, specifically during the summer and winter months.
Millennium Park has been implementing new security measures in the park before, during, and after major events. These often can affect the garden, forcing a partial or total closure of the garden sometimes at short notice. We will do our best to alert our visitors to any closings we become aware of on our Facebook Page, but as these new security measures are being implemented sometimes closures will happen spontaneously as park security reacts to the crowds and security needs as they happen. We’re appreciative of your patience as Millennium Park refines their strategy to ensure everyone’s safety as well as the garden’s beauty.
During the winter sometimes all internal paths of the garden can be closed off to the public when there is snow or ice on the ground. We do not use salts nor do we have the personnel for sanding or careful snow removal.
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In order to maintain our garden’s health, beauty, and peacefulness we ask all visitors to enjoy this shared space while following these rules:
- Enjoy walks on the public pathways only. Please don’t step or walk in the garden beds.
- Please do not pick any flowers or dig in the garden.
- We invite you to sit and relax! Please do not climb or stand on the stone walls or stand in the water.
- Drone flying in the garden is not permitted. As of July 1, 2019, all professional photographers must obtain a permit from Millennium Park.
- Please abstain from smoking/vaping in the garden as the smoke/smell may disturb others.
- Please walk your bike in the garden and refrain from rollerblading and skateboarding in the park.
- No loud noise or music playing in the garden.
- Soliciting will not be permitted in the garden
- Please do not bring glassware into the garden.
- Service animals only are welcome, please do not bring dogs or other pets into the garden.
Guided walks in Lurie Garden take place from May-September and for special events and tours. Tours highlight elements of the garden’s design and its plant life.
Tours are sometimes canceled due to staffing issues, garden closures, or weather. Please check back here or on our Facebook page for other possible cancellations. Individual tours can take between 5 – 25 minutes, depending on the amount of time you may have available and how many visitors interested in tours. These drop-in tours are first-come/first-serve and do not require registration or a fee. Tours meet at the tent located at the south end of the garden’s central boardwalk during tour hours. Typically, these tours can accommodate 5 – 8 people. For larger groups, private tours can be arranged by sending us a message.
If you are coming to the garden outside of the times that Lurie Garden tours are offered, we have signs highlighting a number of plants growing during that season. All of our plants can be found here on our website’s Plant Finder, where you can filter by color, season, and where you saw the plant in the garden.
Lurie Garden Free Programming
Lurie Garden’s unique programs are designed to inspire individuals and families of all ages to learn about and enjoy the natural world. We have over 70 programs per year, all of which are free to the public and are made possible by the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation and by our community members who give to the garden. Our event season runs from late winter to late fall. Sign up for our newsletter to get alerts about upcoming programs and to be notified that registration is open.