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Aerial View of Millennium Park in Chicago Illinois

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First planned in 1997 as a way to create new parkland in Grant Park and transform unsightly railroad tracks and parking lots, Millennium Park has evolved into the most significant millennium project in the world. And the reviews are already in. "Millennium Park," says one prominent civic leader, "will be a worthy creation for all time. It will define Chicago to the entire world as America's greatest city."

Located in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe Streets, the 24.5-acre park is an unprecedented center for world-class art, music, architecture and landscape design, where you can experience everything from interactive public art and ice skating to al fresco dining and free classical music presentations by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. Among the park's prominent features is the dazzling Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States, designed by Frank Gehry, one of the world's greatest living architects.

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Attraction Highlights at Millennium Park Chicago

 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

The pavilion stands 120-feet high, with a billowing "headdress" of stainless steel ribbons that frame the proscenium opening, connecting to an overhead trellis of crisscrossing steel pipes that define the lawn seating area. The Pavilion has 4,000 fixed seats and capacity for an additional 7,000 people on the lawn. With its open-air "acoustical canopy", the Jay Pritzker Pavilion is among the most technologically advanced outdoor concert venues in the world, with digital innovations and enhanced sound, designed to create an acoustical environment that provides an unforgettable listening experience. More info...

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park Chicago IL

Jay Pritzker Pavilion has 4,000 fixed seats and capacity for an additional 7,000 people on the lawn

 

BP Bridge

The BP Bridge, a sinuous pedestrian bridge designed by Frank Gehry, links Millennium Park with the eastern portion of Grant Park and provides incomparable views of the city's skyline, Grant Park and Lake Michigan. The only Gehry-designed bridge in the world, the 925-foot long BP Bridge is clad in stainless steel panels and has a gentle slope and hardwood deck. It will also provide an acoustic barrier between the audience and the traffic noise on Columbus Drive. More info...

 

Chase Promenade

The Chase Promenade crosses the park and provides an area for year-round free cultural programming, including ethnic festivals, fairs, exhibitions, and family events. Centrally located in Millennium Park, this three-block long walkway creates a beautiful outdoor area between Randolph and Monroe Streets, welcoming visitors to experience a wide variety of activities in the park. More info...

 

Crown Fountain

Designed by Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain features two 50-foot high glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers are activated with changing video images and lights, and water cascades from the top of each. Anchoring the southwest corner of Millennium Park at Michigan Avenue and Monroe Streets, the Crown Fountain is a major addition to the city's world-renowned public art collection. Inspired by the people of Chicago whose faces appear on the glass towers' changing video images, this site-specific work creates both a unique meeting point and a dynamic space for silent reflection. Utilizing water, light, and glass, Plensa has created a bold statement that is sure to stimulate passers-by and invite them to enter and experience Millennium Park. More info...

 

Exelon Pavilions Harris Theater

Opening in the Fall, the Exelon Pavilions are located on Randolph Street to the east and west of the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance and on Monroe Street to the east and west of the Lurie Garden. The northeast Exelon Pavilion on Randolph Street provides access to parking below and the northwest Pavilion also serves as a welcome center providing orientation to Millennium Park and a venue for special exhibitions on energy, parks and other themes. Elevator access to parking below from the street and terrace levels is located in both pavilions. More info...

 

Harris Theater

The state-of-the-art Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance opened in November 2003 and has become the city's prime indoor performance space for mid-sized arts organizations, lauded for its excellent sightlines and acoustics. The theater seats 1,525 and offers programs ranging from classical ballet and contemporary dance to classical, chamber, opera and folk music. More info...

 

Kapoor Sculpture on SBC Plaza (Cloud Gate) video of "The Bean"

A major feature of Millennium Park is the 110-ton elliptical sculpture designed by the celebrated British artist Anish Kapoor, one of the most prolific and respected sculptors in the world. "Cloud Gate," the monumental sculpture located on SBC Plaza was named by the artist on June 29 when the final panel of the elliptical sculpture was installed.

The sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly-polished stainless steel "plates" that create an elliptically-arched, highly reflective work with Chicago's skyline and Millennium Park itself as a dramatic backdrop. Visitors will be able to fully experience the majestic nature of the work by literally walking through and around, as it was designed for public interaction. Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high. More info...

 

Lurie Garden

Designed by the team of Kathryn Gustafson, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel, Millennium Park's Lurie Garden is a unique combination of spatial structure, plantings and lighting design. The Garden encompasses distinctive spaces—both large and intimate—defined by sculpted hedgerows and pedestrian pathways. The 15-foot high "shoulder" hedge encloses the Garden on two sides and a hardwood walkway follows a water feature that cuts diagonally through the Garden, separating it into the "light plate" with 240 varieties of perennial plants and the "dark plate," which is shaded by flowering cherry trees. The Lurie Garden offers a rich and varied sensory experience throughout the seasons, day and night. More info...

 

McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink

55 North Michigan Avenue

Phone: 312-742-5222 or 877-244-2246

Bring the family to Chicago's newest, downtown park, Millennium Park, and enjoy a day of ice-skating in the heart of downtown. Then warm up in The Park Grill restaurant. Free except for skate rental.The ice rink, 200 feet long and 80 feet wide, totals 15,910 square-feet of skating surface. Its construction was funded by a grant from the Tribune Foundation. Admission is free. Price: $9 for skate rental. More info...

 

Wrigley Square & Millennium Monument

Located in Millennium Park on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street, the tree-lined area of Wrigley Square is an inviting open space for visitors to relax on the lawn or stroll paths. The Square is anchored by the Millennium Monument (peristyle), a nearly full-sized replica of the original peristyle that stood in the same location between 1917 and 1953. With its graceful semi-circular row of Doric-style columns that rise nearly 40 feet, the Millennium Monument creates an imposing presence that can be seen up and down Michigan Avenue. More info...

Tours

The Millennium Park Greeters, a service of the Chicago Greeter program, offers informal walking tours of Millennium Park, every Wednesday - Friday from 10am - 4pm. These 45-minute visits are free, and are intended for groups smaller than 10. Larger groups can purchase walking tours through the Chicago Architecture Foundation, www.architecture.org

Moon in Beautiful Downtown of Chicago

Moon in Beautiful Downtown of Chicago

Book on Millennium Park

Millennium Park by Timothy Gilfoyle

This book captures all the behind the scenes happenings in the planning and construction of this jewel of downtown Chicago. New for 2006! Order the Book

Bike Facility

Millennium Park Bicycle Station

239 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601

312-744-4069, email: info@chicagobikestation.com

The Millennium Park Bicycle Station is a top of the line bicycle commuter facility located on the edge of Millennium Park. MPBS is the only station of its kind in the Midwest. This station allows for free bicycle parking, locker rooms, and bicycle mechanic services. Open year round, Millennium Park Bicycle Station has bicycle rentals and tours available.

Bike Chicago Rentals & Tours

Navy Pier, North Ave. Beach, Millennium Park

312-595-9600 info@bikechicago.com

Chicago's #1 Bicycle Rental & Tours Company Since 1993. Chicago's lakefront is a biking paradise! Over 18 miles of lakefront trails make it easy and safe to ride in Chicago. The bike rental shops are conveniently located along the trail at Navy Pier, Chicago's #1 destination and North Ave. Beach, Chicago's hottest Beach. Bike Chicago Rentals & Tours accommodates individuals as well as large groups. Over 200 bikes and skates to choose from. Helmets and locks are free! Guided tours depart daily from Navy Pier at 10:30am, 1:30pm and from North Ave. Beach at 11:00am and 2:00 pm. Open daily from 8:00am until 10:00pm April 1st through October 31st. For reservations and group sales call 312-595-9600

Official Millennium Park Links

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