Millennium Park, Chicago

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Randolph St & Michigan Ave 312-742-2963

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    Amazing Millennium Park

    by meteorologist1 Updated Oct 10, 2004

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    The new Millennium Park in downtown Chicago is now considered the hottest attraction in Chicago. This 24.5-acre park offers visitors everything from beautiful landscape to beautiful art. There is also an outdoor concert venue. But what I like here are two things: the Crown Fountain (shown in the photo) with video images of Chicagoans spitting out water, and "the Bean", an elliptical and very shiny sculpture that captures a distorted and breakthing image of the Chicago skyline. This park has a very modern feel to it mainly because of its sculptures, landscaping, and architectural designs. This is a must-see!

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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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    Millenium Park

    by jmhenry1123 Updated Apr 29, 2005

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    The newest park to open in Chicago on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe.

    Millenium Park is the newest playland for Chicagoans and tourists alike. It will operate year round and features some fantastic public sculpture and art.

    There is the twin water fountain feature that shows a thousand faces that blink, wink, smile and spit water at the kids playing at the base (think of it as a big wet jumbo-tron).

    Cloud-gate. This bean like structure reflects the sky and the happenings along Michigan avenue. Walk all around it and underneath it. It is quite an experience.

    A new outdoor concert band shell designed by world renowned artist Frank Gehry, where the Grany Park Symphony will perform concerts during the summer.

    A winding, snake-like foot bridge, also by Gehry, crosses over Colombus drive and connects the park to the Lake front and neighboring Grant Park.

    Cloud-gate (AKA the Bean)
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    Free Entertainment!

    by Rabbityama Written Jul 2, 2010

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    Millenium Park is a great place to go to relax, stroll around, view art, and often you can listen to music. There is actually a lot of public art throughout the Loop area, but Millenium Park arguably has some of the most interesting works. Crown Fountain is a definitely an eye-catcher, as the faces on each structure are difficult to miss! They spit water in the space between them, and children often go there to play in the water.

    The Cloud Gate, which some call the "Bean" another popular place to gather. The view of the city from the bean is actually quite amazing. Visitors also enjoy the view of themselves! These are the most famous art pieces however, other works can be found throughout the park.

    The Lurie Garden is also located within the park, secluded from the artwork in order to make it a bit more peaceful (although if you are looking for less people and more green, you may want to go to a different park altogether, like Jackson Park).

    Millenium Park is an essential part of the "Chicago experience"!

    Chicago's Watchful Eyes Cloud Gate Chinese Art Skyline from Lurie Garden
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    Chicago's Newest Park

    by riorich55 Updated Jul 28, 2009

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    Taken on a cold February morning this is part of Chicago's new Millennium Park located on Michigan Avenue south of the Chicago River. In the first picture the building in the center is the Prudential Building which use to be the tallest building in Chicago when I was growing up. Picture #2 is looking west with the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in the background on the left.

    Looking at the Prudential Building from the Park Looking West Toward the Willis (Sears) Tower Early Morning on the Park Bridge
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    Millennium Park

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    Millennium Park is a large, free outdoor park located right along Michigan Avenue. It is a popular place to visit to see more of Chicago's beautifully designed architecture as well as the unusual ampitheatre shown in the photo. From Millenium Park, you can walk across a pedestrian bridge to Grant Park to see the fountain and the gardens and then continue over across Lakeshore Drive. Or you can simply find a spot on the lawn and enjoy the view.

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    Millenium Park

    by jo104 Written Jun 24, 2009

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    This park is a delight for the residents and visitor's to chicago alike. It houses the Crowne Fountain which is a very interactive fountain, the bean, and amazing BP Bridge which links 2 sections of the park together and there is even an ice skate rink here during winter.

    Besides all the extra features it was the park's grounds that stunned me with the incredible Lurie garden full of native plants. When we visited there was a sea of purple with many different herbs, a millenium park greeter is on hand to tell you about the garden and there is free walking tours scheduled 11.30am & 1pm from the welcome centre.

    During summer there is a permanent stage set up with sound system and seats were they hold outdoor free concerts. You are also able to bring a bottle of wine and a picnic to enjoy a show. There are security guards patroling the park to ensure no unruly behaviour. The park is very enviromently green with solar panels as well as turf laid over an excellent drainage system.

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    Millenium Park

    by londonlover Written Aug 3, 2004

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    One of the highlights of the finally-opened Millenium Park is the bean-shaped Cloud Gate sculpture on the west side of the park. The contour reflects the skyline and curious strollers-by in warped format. It's very unique and entertaining, and fits in well with the rather modern look of Millenium Park as a whole.

    It's the Bean!

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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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    Millennium Park-BP Bridge

    by Dabs Written Feb 26, 2007

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    The 925 foot long winding BP Bridge crosses over busy Columbus Drive, connecting Millennium Park to Daley Bicentennial Plaza which is east of the park. Like the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, it is a Frank Gehry design and his first bridge. Made of brushed stainless steel panels, the BP Bridge is intended to complement the Pritzker Pavilion which is also made of larger stainless steel panels and also provide a sound barrier for the Pavilion which hosts summertime concerts.

    The bridge was completed in 2004 and gets it name from British Petroleum, it's corporate sponsor.

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    I wanted to see the Orb!

    by garridogal Written Aug 22, 2005

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    I really wanted to see the Orb or Bean or whatever it's called! It was partially covered (the better part of it, actually!) However these fun monolithic structures that spurt water and show someone's picture on them (Who is that? Anyone know?) were cool and the spray off them was quite refreshing!

    They don't know either!
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    The call it "the Bean"

    by spgood301 Updated Aug 10, 2006

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    This is Cloud Gate, a sculpture in Millennium Park. I don't quite know what it is, but it looks like a clear, silver egg. If you really look close, you'll see some guy taking pictures. That's me.

    Now, if you see the guy who picked my pocket while I was taking the picture, please let me know. Just kidding.

    Cloud Gate is probably more commonly known as "The Bean". In the prime tourist months, folks from all over the world gather around it to have their picture taken amid the Chicago skyline in quite a unique way. In fact, the Bean is unique to Chicago, & a fun place to take the kids too. It's especially striking at night, with all the city lights surrounding it.

    I went back again and again. Guess I needed my Bean.

    Cloud Gate. Looks like a giant egg to me.

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    Millennium Park Is Worth Your Time!

    by mikehanneman Updated Jan 13, 2006

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    If you want to just relax and visually take in the skyline of downtown Chicago, then the Millianum Park is for you!

    My son and I walked from our hotel to the Park and a multiple peice band was just finishing up playing. People were hanging out with their friends and families and enjoying the evening.

    It was a beautiful August night about 10 pm.

    I just stood there taking in the Chicago skyline and atmosphere.

    We found it to be relaxing. I didn't want to leave and tried to remeber what it felt like and looked like. The flowers and landscape were outstanding!

    The Park was very clean and safe. I noticed there were a lot of police around so you wouldn't feel threatened by anything.

    I would highly recommend The Millennium Park when you are in downtown Chicago in the warmer months.

    Millennium Park Scott outside The Millennium Park
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    A place for people

    by Herkbert Written Sep 23, 2009

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    One of the things we enjoyed about Chicago was the number of parks. Chicago has remembered that cities have people in them and people like places to relax and enjoy themselves. Millennium Park is one of those places. It was great walking by on a sunny day and seeing kids playing in the water between the water walls. Watching the cascading water and the faces on the wall was fun.

    Walking a little farther into the park, you'll find a sculpture garden, a concert area and the Cloud Gate. Cloud Gate is a highly reflective piece of art that draws people near to take a look, grab a picture and watch other people.

    Do make some time to stop by and enjoy the park.

    Cloud Gate Another view of 'The Bean' Water wall in the park Millennium Park
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    Lace up those skates!

    by spgood301 Updated Jul 8, 2006

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    You can ice skate in Millennium Park in the winter. The rink is right on Michigan Avenue. On a winter Sunday, you'll see lots of people there. Lace 'em up and join the crowd!

    In the spring and summer, they turn the rink into an outdoor bar and grille - and it's a great place to meet people too.

    The rink in Millennium Park

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