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201 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601Open Daily 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. Free Admission
Background Information 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. 24.5 acre 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. hp://www.chicagotraveler.com/chicago_millennium_park_video.htm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Great LawnDesigned by Frank Gehry, one of the world’s greatest living architects.Located at the east side of Millennium Park and comprises almost half thepark.A 95,000 square-foot outdoor concert area with 4,000 ﬁxed seats, plusthe lawn area that can hold another 7,000 guests.Above the lawn is a steel trellis that distributes speakers throughout theentire lawn area, creating a truly modern acoustical environment.The most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the UnitedStates, is the centerpiece of the park.Free concerts and events that are as diverse as the city itself are held atthe pavilionFitness classes, classical music, jazz, world music, theater, reading circles,ethnic festivals, and dance are just some of the events scheduledthroughout the year.
Lurie GardenLocated at the southeast corner of Millennium Park contains.Here you’ll ﬁnd a variety of plantings with pathways intertwiningthroughout.During the spring and summer months, you can observe red-wingedblack birds, bees, buerﬂies, plants and even, uh, humans engaging inmating rituals.
Cloud Gate : “The Bean”A 66-foot long 33-foot high elliptical sculpture inspired by liquid mercury.Chicagoans have nicknamed “The Bean” for its resemblance to a giant coﬀeebean.Its seamless stainless reﬂect the sky above, people below and city around it.Visitors will want to walk all around and under this 110-ton work of art.The skyline reﬂection is breathtaking.
BP Pedestrian Bridge925-foot pedestrian boardwalk.Located at the east section of Millennium Park, starting near theback of the Great Lawn and crossing Columbus Drive to the northernend of Grant Park.Provides beautiful views of the city.
Crown FountainAt the southwest corner of the park (Michigan Avenue and MonroeStreet) are twin 50-foot fountain towers.In addition to the cascading water, the towers display video imagesof various Chicagoans and lights.On warm summer days, children (as well as youthful- spirited adults)play in the shallow water between the two towers and delight in thespray from the fountains.The surrounding green area is a relaxing place to spread out on ablanket and read a book.
Millennium Monument at Wrigley SquareLocate at the northwest corner of Millennium Park.A semi-circle of 40-foot columns.The names of Millennium Park’s founders are etched in the base.This corner of the park is known as Wrigley Square.It is currently the home to the Family Album Exhibit of familyphotographs from around the world.
McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice RinkLocated in Millennium Park at the intersection of Michigan Avenueand Washington Street.The 16,000 square-foot Ice Skating Rink oﬀers visitors one of thebest views of Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue.Operating from the months of November to March (weatherpermiing), the rink oﬀers skate rental, a warming lobby and publiclockers.