The striking beauty of Lurie Garden is in the natural prairie looks, contrasting with the modern design of the urban park with shaded walkways, benches, a boardwalk, multiple information boards, etc. This public park is named after Ann Lourie, who donated millions of dollars to build and develop the park.
Both parts of the park -- Dark Plate and Light Plate -- represent the natural flora of the Midwest -- perennial flowers, plants, trees, various types of prairie grasses. The park is open all the year round, so you can enjoy the change of colors along the change of seasons. The Dark Plate looks like a giant green wall of tall trees, densely planted and trimmed, thus providing extra shade for visitors in the summertime.
By the time of our visit (end of June), the garden looked like a vast prairie land, with not too many flowers blooming. It was nice and pleasant to stroll and relax in the shaded alleyways of the garden.
Lurie Garden is well marked, it is located in the Millennium Park, just some minutes of leisurely walk to its main attractions -- Great Lawn and Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Promenade, sculptures, fountains, restaurants and cafes, and many other attractions. The Chicago Skyline looks absolutely spectacular from Lurie Garden!