Millennium Park, Chicago

4.5 out of 5 stars 91 Reviews

Randolph St & Michigan Ave 312-742-2963
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    Free fantastic concerts...

    by liusia Written Sep 21, 2006

    Cheap? Broke? Love music? Millennium Park is the place for you. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket to sit on - there is seating, but it's limited and, to be honest, kind of uncomfortable. Much better to sprawl out on the grass. The amazing sound system guarantees that everyone will be able to enjoy the music, even the folks who get there late and are stuck in the back. Check out the parks department website for a concert and event schedule.

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    A very special park

    by PetraG Written Jan 19, 2006

    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. 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.

    Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    BP Bridge
    Chase Promenade
    Crown Fountain
    Exelon Pavilions Harris Theater
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    Kapoor Sculpture on SBC Plaza
    Lurie Garden
    McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink
    Wrigley Square & Millennium Monument

    Jay Pritzker Pavilion Milennium Park from Sears Tower

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    Milennium Park, Chicago's Newest Attraction

    by happyhourkid Written Sep 6, 2005

    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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    Bring on the tourists

    by HotRodEtte Written Apr 4, 2006

    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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    Millenium Park is a wonderful walking place.

    by phildeni Updated Jul 21, 2006

    There is so much to see at Millenium Park, and events are happening all day and well into the night.
    The day we walked through the park, there was the "Taste of Chicago" event, an Art Show, and Other events.
    The architcture is fabulous, especially the Cloud Gate ( "The Bean" ) and the "Spitting Picture Walls"...a great place for the people to get cooled off by the ever changing faces on the "Spitting Walls"

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    Millennium Park

    by jglsongs Updated Sep 28, 2004

    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

    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)

    Gehry bandshell as seen from Museum Campus

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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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    The Bean

    by shohman Written Aug 18, 2010

    Visit the Bean. It's just fun! Right in the beautiful Millenium Park, the bean is a giant reflecting mirror that changes depending on the angle you stand. It's very quirky and fun so try it.

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    Go to the Park

    by shohman Updated Aug 18, 2010

    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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    Great Place to Hang Out

    by apuleuis Written Jun 9, 2015

    Millennium Park is a great place to hang out. There are a number of different gardens there, melding with the Art Institute once, so you could really spend a long time in the area.

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    Summer tip

    by boasnovas Written May 24, 2008

    A great thing to do on summer in Chicago is to spend the whole day at the millenium park at the lake front. Many things to do, eat and probably there will be a summer festival going on.

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