Millennium Park, Chicago

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Randolph St & Michigan Ave

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    Bring on the tourists

    by HotRodEtte Written Apr 4, 2006
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    Millennium Park is a nice gathering area for all people, whether they be skating on the ice pond during the winter, picnicking during the summer or catching an outdoor show, or just checking out the newest addition to the park, the "Cloud Gate."

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    Milennium Park, Chicago's Newest Attraction

    by happyhourkid Written Sep 6, 2005
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    Normally, Chicagoans are pleased at additions to our city. But Milennium Park was not as quickly accepted by residents as it was feared that the city was overspending on what technically was a Grant Park partial renovation when the money could have been spent elsewhere. But the hope is, with any investment a city makes of this nature, is that it will attract visitors and thus, more tourism dollars. So far, the park has receieved a lot of praise from those who visit.

    The park opened in July2004, and where only 50,000 people were expected to witness the ceremony, over 300,000 showed up.

    Features of Milennium Park include an Ice Skating Rink, the Peristyle at Wrigley Square, a theater for Music and Dance, SBC Plaza, Lurie Garden, Bank One Promenade and Trees in Millennium Park. There are three major artistic highlights: Cloud Gate (otherwise known as "the Bean", Crown Fountain and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

    Cloud Gate, shown in the picture, is a 3-story, 110-ton steel sculpture that has been dubbed by Chicagoans as "The Bean." Cloud Gate is a highly-polished reflective steel sculpture which is meant to resemble a drop of liquid mercury hovering at the point of landing on a plaza of the park. In place for only a few months, it has already become one of the most popular sculptures in the city.

    Another important attribute of Milennium Park is Crown Fountain. It is the first of its kind in the world. Transparent glass block bricks are used to build two 50-foot towers standing in the midst of a black granite plaza submerged under an eighth of an inch layer of water. Behind the glass bricks are high-tech LED video screens that when illuminated, scrolls through videos of the faces of genuine Chicago citizens and showcases the vast diversity of the city while a stream of water cascades over the images.

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    Millennium Park

    by jglsongs Updated Sep 28, 2004
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    The newly (July 2004) park along the lake on Michigan Avenue, north of Grant Park and between Monroe and Randolph, is a stunning sight and an architectural wonder.

    The Jay Pritzker Pavilion (a.k.a. bandshell) has a design that's out of this world, and now, instead of big speakers in front, the speakers are in metallic cable-type structures overhead.

    The Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument (the pavilion greeting you from the northern end) is a replica of the pavilion that stood from 1917 to 1953.

    The two most visited sites in the park are surely the sculpture by Kapoor, whose name is 'unofficially' the bean, or the kidney bean. It's a shiny metallic bean that reflects the park, the skyline and the people. You can even see it from a plane sparkling along the lakefront.

    The other is the Crown Fountain, which takes fountains to a whole new level.

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    Millenium Park

    by BerlinTom Written May 23, 2004
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    Grand opening is set for July 17,18,19 2004. The new Millenium Park built over the existing rail lines will set the benchmark for all other "modern"parks to follow. By coordinating civic, business and individuals, Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago have built a destination full of wonderful architecture, art and gardens. This will be such an important addition to the urbanscape in Chicago it is hard to not speak in grand terms about the project.
    Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) provides one hour tours of the park on Fridays and Sundays(see link)

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    The Bean Sculpture - Millenium Park

    by Xeriss Written Aug 1, 2010

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    Take a walk through the Millenium Park to view some fantastic monuments like the Bean Sculpture by Anish Kapoor.

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    Millennium Park

    by cjg1 Written Jan 7, 2007

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    Millennium Park is more of the north end of another park that is an art park. So many cool sculptures and such.

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    Relax with thoughts and art.

    by dircelo Written Jan 26, 2006

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    The video instalations, the planting of a huge hedge, the open theatre, the bean make it a special place to hang out. Even security guards are on stand by to prevent vandalisation.

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    Ice Skating - Millenium Park

    by Xeriss Written Aug 1, 2010

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    If you love to go ice skating, make sure you take a trip to the Millenium Park. There's an ice skating rink there in winter.

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    Go to the Park

    by shohman Updated Aug 18, 2010
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    Milennium Park is awesome. It's a beautiful thing to do to see amazing archicture, people watch, see a concert or just walk around and enjoy the day. It's also the sight of the famous Bean.

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    A place to escape in the City

    by mpcasey Written Oct 24, 2007
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    A beautiful park along the lake front, restaurants, music, possible festival and art. Also, you can relax possibly have a picnic.

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