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.
Pritzger Pavillion: free concerts (grant park orchestra) most wed, fri & sat nights from mid-June to mid-Aug. Pulled up a blanket w/cooler for sandwich & wine under the stars. Nearby fireworks display over the lake every saturday night.
Crown fountain: very cool, unique, great for kids (they will get wet)
Also, outdoor art displays, restaurant/beer garden, mini-golf, etc.
Best bet for parking is Monroe parking garage underneath the park.
Best place ever! It's quite nice, no doubt about it. Going there today! Who hoo! It seems nice and the face thing is funny, can't lie about that. Anyways, it's good if ou want to get wet and great for the kids! \
Spring, Summer, Fall, if you are visiting town, don't miss planning some time (1-3 hours) in this park in the heart of the city. The "bean" is a photo bugs delight, and the skyline views from the park reveal why Chicago is one of the must see cities of America. Walk thru this park, it's clean, it's safe for a big city, you will marvel at the variety of sights and cityscape you encounter in different paths you stroll touring this park, Maybe not breathtaking, but you will certainly find this world class park to be memorable.
What is there, really, to say about a park? As far as parks go, this one's pretty neat. The arts are a primary part of Chicago's identity, and Millenium Park showcases that in a beautiful and progressive way, while still functional as a park -- that is, a natural environment where city-dwellers can escape for a little peace and relaxation. It's hard to think of anything bad to say about Millenium Park.
It amazes me that many Chicagoans have never been to Millennium Park, but that is sadly the case. It is the place that is putting Chicago on the map with it's beauty, free concerts and ambiance. To not visit it would be kin to visiting Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower.
The park is incredibly beautiful and draws out-of-towners by the thousands. I have met many Europeans there who rave about it and the surrounding buildings and architecture.
There is seldom a week in the warm weather when I am down town that I don't go and stroll through the gardens and watch the people at the fountain. It is unbelievable that such a place exists in our wonderful city.
Free of charge and great scenery! Great view of skyline all around. Parking's expensive but might be worth it. Right next door is Grant Park where the infamous Buckingham Fuontain is. Lake Michigan is only a few blocks away too.
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