From climbing walls to skateboards, there's nothing quite like indulging your sporting spirit with the lakefront as your backdrop.

Chicago Marathon

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Celebrating its 41st year, this iconic running event, which takes place on October 7, 2018, is one of the most prestigious marathons in the world, and is one of the five World Marathon Majors. Watch great marathon champions with the stunning Chicago skyline in full view, as the Chicago Marathon sets off at Grant Park.

Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park-3Photo: Abel Arciniega

The former Daley Bicentennial Plaza site was transformed into the magnificent Lakefront recreation center now called Maggie Daley Park. The park features an ice-skating ribbon, giving you an "Alpine in the city" experience in the winter and a roller-blading and scooper heaven in the summer; and two rock-climbing structures divided into a beginner and advanced climb. These surfaces can accommodate between 25 and 100 climbers at any given time. Best of all, you get spectacular Chicago skyline views. The climbing wall is open April through October, and works on a first-come-first-served basis.

Hutchinson Field

Much of the southern end of Grant Park is given over to Hutchinson Field, an open space for large events and a dozen baseball or softball diamonds.

Lakefront Trail 

Lake side trail

The Chicago Lakefront Trail is an 18-mile multi-use path along the coast of Lake Michigan. From north to south, it runs through Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park and Jackson Park. It is popular with both cyclists and joggers who take in lake views to one side, and verdant parks and striking city skylines to the other.

Marinas and Harbors


There are two pleasure and leisure boat marinas on Lake Michigan, which are accessed from Grant Park. Monroe Harbor provides 1000 mooring cans, tender service, and facilities in the expansive harbor east of the park. It is the home of the Chicago Yacht Club and the Columbia Yacht Club. DuSable Harbor (formerly Chicago Harbor), northeast of the park, offers 420 boat docks and a harbor store. Both harbors may be accessed off Lake Shore Drive near Monroe Street.

The Skate Park in Grant Park

The Chicago Park District transformed 1.86 acres of open space at the southwest corner of Grant Park into a new recreational space with multi-skill level concrete ramps, grinding rails and handrails, bench seating and native landscape plantings, among other site amenities. This is the  scooter-, rollerblade-, skateboard- and BMX bike-lover's go to.  

Tennis Courts

Grant Park's South Courts (located at 900 S Columbus Dr) consist of six hard-surface tennis courts that are free to the public.

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