Millennium Park, Chicago
The Millennium Monument is "officially" located at "Wrigley Square" - although you and I might simply call it the southeast corner of the intersection of Randolph and Michigan Avenue.
Severe and strictly classical, this colonnade is the "gateway" to Mayor Daley's pet project, Millennium Park. The Doric columns echo those on the Chicago Cultural Center, immediately across the hectic boulevard. They also demonstrate that Daley and the project's creators wish to be seen as leaving a legacy for the ages: there's nothing post-modern or even vaguely ironic about it. And in a city like Chicago, perhaps that's entirely appropriate.
An earlier version of the same style of colonnade stood on exactly this site from 1917 to 1953.
Favorite thing: The Frank Geary designed JAY PRITZKER PAVILION is located in Millennium Park on Randolph Street between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. Chicago's newest masterpiece of architecture and design, it is the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States. The music pavilion showcases billowing curves of stainless steel and includes a vast steel trellis, which forms an accoustical canopy extending south over the Great Lawn. It was an absolutely stunning presence.
Chicago's new Millennium Park is another amazing Chicago achievement making into the city's history book. It is now the hottest attraction in town. This large park located in the northern section of Grant Park bordering Michigan and Randolph will amaze you with modern architectural designs, excellent landscaping, amazing art, as well as live music as it has one of the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the U.S. This park should definitely go on your must-see list.
Fondest memory: Talk about amazing art! "The Bean" (shown in this photo) is a high elliptical and very shiny sculpture that captures a distorted and interesting image of the city skyline. If you are looking to photograph or draw an artistic image of Chicago, this is the place to do it.
The full-service restaurant within Millennium Park has a partner called The Park Terrace which is an all-outdoor dining venue that occupies the area that, in the winter is the park's ice-skating rink.
It is large enough to have 350 umbrella-shielded seats with a view of Michigan Avenue. It is a few steps away from the rest of Millennium Park. It claims to be the "largest outdoor dining venue in the city."
The executive chef is Bernie Laskowski who oversees both restaurants.
There will be a custom-built kitchen set up alongside the seating area, and a separate staff will handle the cooking and the serving. The two restaurants have two different menues. Samples of the menu include barbecued pulled-pork sandwiches (a favorite of mine), Texas-style barbecue-beef sandwiches and a grilled skirt steak. Its more casual than the Park Grill.
Fondest memory: I'm a dessert lover, so you have to go indoors to the Park Grill with more serious offerings of desserts such as creme brulee and molten-center chocolate cake.
11 North Michigan Avenue
When weather permits, The Park Terrace will operate from 11 a.m.-10 p.m