Millennium Park is one of the newest additions to Chicago's many wide-open urban spaces, and is host to a range of ... More
Millennium Park is one of the newest additions to Chicago's many wide-open urban spaces, and is host to a range of indoor/outdoor activities for the entire family. You can listen to top musical events at the outdoor pavilion, or glide across the bustling ice skating rink come winter. The park is also home to some of the city's best public art, such as the interactive Crown Fountain, and the scene-stealing Cloud Gate a mirrored sculpture situated in the middle of the plaza. For a scenic walk, take a stroll through the Lurie Garden, or wind your way along Frank Gehry's BP Bridge. For a bit of the park's history, be sure to take a peek at the Peristyle, a replica of the curving row of paired Greek columns that were on the corner of Grant Park near Michigan and Randolph from 1917 to 1953. While in the park one cannot afford to miss the Cloud Gate Sculpture, a three storied structure built with 110 tons of steel. It is called the Bean Sculpture by the residents.
I like the bean because it is a mirrow of us and other stuff! It is different. By the way I am 6 years old. I walked there with my dad
from the Embassy Hotel. We walked over the draw bridge on the Michegan Ave. The bean is
I went to Chicago with my mom and her best friend. They arrived a couple days before me and had already been to Millenium Park. The kept going on and on about the bean I had to see. I just couldn't imagine what was so cool about a bean and told them we could skip it. They said no way and thank goodness, because it was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen.
The reflection of the skyline of Chicago with a bright blue sky behind it took my breath away and after several attempts I finally got a shot of the underside of the bean, which has a unique concave surface, reminding me of the spaceship in "Flight of the Navigator" if you remember that movie!
The park also has a big brick wall with local faces projected on it. The eyes blink and water shoots from their mouths ever so often. It is also home to a very cool music venue. Great in the Summertime!!!
There is no such thing as a bad seat as the great lawn stretches out almost endlessly, surrounded by the skyline on the left, a botanical garden in the rear, and the lake on the right.
What a treat, and the people of Chicago responded to this FREE performance by the Jeoffrey Ballet. Even though there was a downpour 1 1/2 hours before the performance, people were there drying off their seats and filling every last one of them.
We are so fortunate to have Grant Park Concerts, Opera night, Steppenwolf performances in this gorgeous venue.
Thanks to all the performers and the persons who bring these events to fruition.
This place is amazing for visitors! From free concerts at night to the world's largest chromed kidney bean, to the free family oriented events daily to the most outrageous wading pool with 50 foot tall sprinklers to the world class sculptures to the location by Lake Michigan and the Art Institute to EVERYTHING! You can spend the day here, not go anywhere else, and still not run out of things to do. The Great Lawn was great for relaxing, reading and sleeping when there wasn't a concert. Watching kids of all ages marvel at the fountain with 50 foot tall towers of light and video could take up a good chunk of the day. And did I mention that 4 story chromed kidney bean?
Buckingham Fountain is also in close walking distance. Multiple bus lines fun next to the park, plus free trolleys in the summer to take you to the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and the rest of downtown.
Bring a picnic, stop by a nearby restaurant or store for a snack, or pick up a meal at one of the vendors, but enjoy a relaxing meal under the sun if you go.
I took some out of town friends to the Bean. I thought ok, they'd ooh and aaah. I love the bean, you have to see it. You can see pictures but being there is a completely different experience.
It's fun to walk around it, amazing to see how clear the buildings reflect in it. And most of all you have to walk around and under the bean, all angles are different experiences.
It's short, fun and on your way to the parks or shopping, don't miss it.
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