Millennium Park, Chicago

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Randolph St & Michigan Ave 312-742-2963

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    Free concerts at Millennium Park

    by SONG Updated Jul 17, 2014

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    During a very nice VT meet in the Chicago area , a group of us walked from The Bean to the open -air stage and surrounding park to listen to a lovely concert under the sky. The Bean is one of the central attractions of Centennial Park and was the perfect meeting place for the Virtual Tourist attendees for the meet. I was totally amazed at the great accoustics from the stage, and because it was an open air concert with many folks sitting on blankets on the ground and even snacking and roaming around and talking, I did not expect it to be that good. Very relaxing and fun. If you get fidgetty sitting during a long concert, this is a good venue for you. You can walk around, mix and mingle, and even munch on goodies.

    Unusual open-air structure in the park. Enjoying free concert and socializing
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    Millennium Park

    by antistar Updated Feb 4, 2014

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    Chicago's Millennium Park is shrouded in controversy. Through delay and ballooning budget, it became known as "next Millennium Park". Costs spiralled from a proposed budget of just $10 million dollars, to an amazing half a billion. However, for that money, the city of Chicago got itself an impressive waterfront park, which has developed into one of the most sought after residential areas in the US.

    The half a billion dollars bought the outstandingly talented Frank Gehry's Pritzker Pavilion (his Der Neue Zollhof in Dusseldorf is one of my all time favourite buildings). It also bought the colourfully high-tech Crown Fountain and peacefully pleasant Lurie Garden. Most of all, however, it bought the incredible and unmissable Cloud Gate. The latter is such a favourite of mine in Chicago I gave it its own tip.

    Crown Fountain Millennium Park reflected in Cloud Gate Aon Center through the Pritzker Pavilion Sear's Tower from Lurie Garden

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    SPEND AN AFTERNOON IN MILLENIUM PARK

    by DennyP Written Sep 18, 2013

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    One thing that I wanted to do while in Chicago was to visit this wonderful park that i had previously heard so much about and ,I must say I wasn't dissapointed..The Millenium Park is only a part I beleive of this huge park..Known as Grant Park...There are many enjoyable things to see and a lot of thought has gone into the many art structures to see here.
    I was lucky all the time I was here in this great city as I had such wonderful weather..Although there were many visitors in the park there was never a feeling of there being a crowd anywhere..A great place to "chill" and" people watch". Plenty of grassed areas and great to hear the children laughing and enjoying the water of the fountains on such a warm day.
    .I walked here from Union Station down Michigan Avenue ..enjoying street musicians and some great food..just taking in this busy city...

    I CAN SEE MYSELF!!!CLOUDGATE SCULPTURE MILLENIUM PARK.. WELCOME TO THIS HUGE PARK.. CONSTANTLY CHANGING IMAGE LOOKING AT EACH OTHER..!!
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    Enjoy wandering the park....

    by leics Written Oct 14, 2012

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    I was seriously impressed with Millennium Park.

    I enjoyed the greenery and the birds, the 'prairie' gardens (which were busy with bees and butterflies whenever I passed through), the serpentine bridge and the random bits of artwork....and people-watching, of course.

    It felt safe too. It's not as vast as e.g. Central Park in New York and it just felt..well...safer because there was always at least one other person within sight.

    The park was one of the highlights of my visit (can you tell I'm not a city girl?) and it would be a huge shame to visit Chicago and not enjoy at least an afternoon's stroll.

    Prairie planting Prairie planting Urbs in horto Serpentine bridge Cancer survivors plaza
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    Millennium Park

    by Iluv2surf2 Written Aug 30, 2012

    Millennium Park was so much fun for Josh and ther other kids in out party. Josh had been here before and actually remembered it!!!

    This is a great place to relax and let your kids play! It's also within walking distance to The Bean and this amazing area where outdoor concerts are held. Sreph tells me the acoustics are prefect having been to concerts there before!

    Restaurants, bus lines and shopping are all just steps away!

    Millennium Park Josh & Gwentette Gwenette all wet at Millennium Park Josh & Gwentette playing at Millennium Park Evelyn's Mom Ernesta & BF Grace with Patrick & Joe Josh playing at Millennium Park
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    Grant/Millenium Parks

    by goodfish Updated Feb 15, 2012

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    Chicago has some killer green spaces for residents and visitors alike to escape the shadows of the skyscrapers and noise of the streets. One of the best is also one of the oldest: Grant Park was been a waterfront oasis since 1844 and includes gardens, lawns, biking/walking trails, playing fields, fountains, skating rinks, performance spaces and monuments plus anchors some of the most popular attractions. Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum and Institute of Art all border Grant's expanse and one corner - Millennium Park - offers the best bargain in Chicago for free summer concerts at its enormous Frank Gehry-designed pavilion. Especially interesting about Millennium is that it's not just a park, it's one of the biggest green roofs in the world as it covers one of the most enormous parking complexes.

    There's far too much stuff to do to list so reference the websites below for attractions and most current events. I have pictured here (in order):

    Crown Fountain: Millenium Park
    Cloud Gate sculpture (nicknamed "The Bean"): Millennium Park
    Jay Pritzker Pavillion: Millenium Park
    Buckingham Fountain: Grant Park
    Millenium Monument, Wrigley Square: Millenium Park

    The June, 2011 VT meet happily coincided with the Grant Park Music Festival and our group camped out on the lawn at the pavilion one balmy evening for several hours of classical music: great fun.

    Announced this year: Chicago is planning the largest park in the lower 48 states with the addition of 140,000 acres that, when finished, will be 10 times the size of Manhattan. Grant/Millenium parks will be northern-most end of this behemoth to be christened Millennium Reserve.

    http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/grant-park/

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    BP Pedestrian Bridge

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 10, 2011

    connects the Millenium Park to the East Monroe Garage (where we parked our vehicle) and Grant Park and again is one of the modern architectural wonders inside the Millenium Park. the bridge is about 935 feet long and curves along to Grant Park so that it spans Columbus Drive to connect Daley Bicentennial Plaza with Millennium Park, both parts of the larger Grant Park. The BP Bridge is donated by the BP petroleum (of the gulf of mexico oil spill fame) which donated 5 million dollars for the construction. The Bridge is closed during winters since it is slippery when wet due to the wooden walkway but the BP Pedestrian Bridge is a good photo ops place in the millenium park with the views of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

    the BP Pedestrian bridge where? walking going to bridge parking
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    Boeing Gallery South

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 10, 2011

    provisding seasonal pieces of architecture from local and international sources and was donated by the Boeing Company of Aircrafts fame. The Boeing Gallery lies just across the Crown fountain area which is located a few steps away and the galerries showpieces open art exhibtions which lasts for a few months and are changed periodically and when I was here, they were showcasing various Contemporary Modern Outdoor Art Objects by Chinese Sculptors. The galleries are usually held during summer and springtime and early fall.

    pose this time it's a china exhibit huh
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    The Nichols Bridgeway

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 10, 2011

    providing an architectural food path and bridge connecting the millenium park to the Art Institute of Chicago and like the modern marvels in the Millenium Park Complex, is one of the attractions in it. The Nichols bridgeway begins at the Great Lawn of Millennium Park and it crosses over to Monroe Street and connects to the third floor of the West Pavilion of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago and also great photo oppurtunities while at the middle of the bridge. There is a nearby resto at the Museum once you enter it.

    to the bridge parking
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    A T & T Plaza

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 9, 2011

    where the famous cloud gate or the Bean is Located and lies between the Mc Comick Tribute Plaza area and Jay Pritzker Pavilion and adjacent to the Chase Promenade, and between the North and South Boeing Galleries. There are not much things to do in the A T & T Plaza section of the Millenium Park but Ogle the Cloud Gate and hang around plus you can eat some hot dogs and some drinks as there are some hot dog carts available inside the Plaza. The A T & T Plaza has become a prime viewing location for Jazz music concerts held during the summer and Christmas Carols During the Winter and to see people eating and having a Brewskie at the Park Grill Plaza in the during summer and fall of which all the activities are done at the McCormick Tribune Plaza and Skating Rink.

    view from cloud gate around pose facing michigan ave to the plaza
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    The Famous Bean!

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 9, 2011

    It is one of the main highlights on leisurely stroll to this modern Millenium Park and together with the Crowne Fountain, is the most photographed arean of the Millenium Park. The famous "Bean" (which locals call the Cloud Gate) in located in the AT & T Plaza Section of the Millenium Park, facing the Park Grille Restaurants and the Ice Skating Rink and Mc Cormick Tribute Plaza and is made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, plus its highly polished exterior has no visible seams and reflects the surroundings perfectly (but it can be very crowded near it as lots of people like us take pictures of the Bean and the reflections in it) and was constructed in 2006 by British-Indian Artist Anish Kapoor. The Structure is 33 feet long and weighs 110 tons.

    me at cloud gate ahhh cloud gate sideways kiss more pose
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    Eat, Drink, Stroll at Millenium Park

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 9, 2011

    millenium park has some of the best modern artworks in chicago and is fun to walk. It is smaller than the Huge Grant Park but the attractions here are also fabulous. 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 of which the crowne fountain is an example and ice skating during winters but converted to a Beer Garden and outdoor restaurant in Spring and Summer to al fresco dining in the Park Grille and free classical music presentations by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. Among the park’s prominent features is the dazzling Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the most Iconic Cloud Gate Sculpture (also called the Bean by local Chicagoans), I will be having separate tips on each icons here in the wonderful Millenium Park.

    yes I agree! hungry yes more beer! eatn and drink at the park!
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    Millennium Park: Concert

    by Martman Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the heart of chicago, is the majestic Millennium Park, boasting a huge outdoor theatre. This beautiful and modern looking theatre frequently has free concerts. It is the most wonderful experience to go with friends and relax enjoying a wonderful concert. Some people prefer to sit on the chairs in front. Others prefer to relax on the grass and picnic while watching.

    From mid-June to mid-August, the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, resident tenants of the Pavilion, performs on Saturdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There are other free events, including jazz, gospel and classical concerts, which are also held in the summer. During winter, more intimate concerts are held on the Pavilion stage, behind its closed glass doors.

    View of the orchestra in the modern amphitheatre Another view of spectators Side view Rehearsal <- also free and excellent No I was not drunk when I took this picture!!
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    by grkboiler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Millennium Park is a 24.5 acre park featuring sculptures, fountains, gardens, state-of-the-art performance venues, such as Pritzker Pavilion and the Harris Theater, and a winter ice skating rink. It was planned in 1998 for Millennium celebrations and to cover up railroad yard that sits below the park.

    Among the popular attractions are Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor of London. Also known by many as the Jelly Bean, it is a 110 ton elliptical sculpture made of stainless steel meant to represent liquid mercury. It is 66 ft long and 33 ft high and encourages public participation. Its purpose is to capture the skyline and surrounding area in a unique reflection. (Cloud Gate was under renovation during my last stop at the park. I will feature a tip and some photos when it reopens)

    The attraction shown in the picture is the Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa of Barcelona. It features 2 50 ft. glass towers with changing video images of faces on them and water cascading down the sides into a reflecting pool. Plensa filmed 1,000 Chicagoans for the sculpture and each face stays on the tower for 13 minutes.

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    Crown Fountain
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    The Modern Millenium Park!

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 12, 2010

    although the millenium park is officialy part of the huge grant park, The park, which is bounded by Michigan Avenue, Randolph Street, Columbus Drive and East Monroe Drive, features a variety of public art like the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink, the BP Pedestrian Bridge, the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Wrigley Square, the McDonald's Cycle Center, the Exelon Pavilions, the AT&T Plaza, the Boeing Galleries, the Chase Promenade, and the Nichols Bridgeway, hence I will have a separate things to do tips here and more separate tips of the landmarks like the "bean" and the crowne fountains and more atlhough not all since i only visited parts of it ok. This is a relatively new park and was finished in 2004 hence the name of Millenuim Park. Millennium Park is considered one of the largest green roofs in the world, having been constructed on top of a railroad yard and large parking garages.The park, which is known for being user friendly, has a very rigorous cleaning schedule with many areas being swept, wiped down or cleaned multiple times a day.

    Open Daily 6am-11pm

    the map walking front walking again huh
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