Everything you need to know about visiting Millennium Park (201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602).
This 24.5-acre park might be one of the most popular gathering spots in the city, known for its free concerts, famous public art installations and its proximity to the Loop. The centerpiece of Millennium Park is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a flowing Frank Gehry-designed structure that hosts of the city’s biggest outdoor festivals and concerts. You’ll also find the serene Lurie Garden, al fresco dining destination the Park Grill and pedestrian bridges that lead to the Art Institute and Maggie Daley Park. Welcome to the hub of Chicago’s front yard.
Enjoy a (permanent) outdoor gallery
Few works of public art are more iconic than Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate (a.k.a. “The Bean”), a reflective sculpture that is nearly always surrounded by visitors snapping pictures. Elsewhere in Millennium Park, you’ll find Jaume Plensa's Crown Fountain, which features two screens depicting an ever-changing array of locals’ faces spewing water every five minutes in the summer months. Warm weather also marks the return of public art exhibitions on the Chase Promenades, where you’ll find large scale work from contemporary artists.
Take in a free outdoor show
There’s no more quintessential Chicago experience than a picnic dinner on the lawn of the Pritzker Pavilion during a free concert at the outdoor venue. When the weather warms up, the Millennium Park Summer Concert Series brings rock, jazz and world music acts to the stage—no admission required. The venue also hosts annual events such as the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Grant Park Music Festival. Stop by during the afternoon and you might find an orchestra rehearsing on the spacious stage.
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|Venue name:||Millennium Park | Chicago, IL||Contact:|
55 N Michigan Ave
|Cross street:||at Washington St|
|Opening hours:||Daily 6am–11pm.|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue to Washington; Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Randolph; Red to Lake. Bus: 3, 4, 14, 124, 157.|
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You can't go wrong when showing this gem to someone new to visiting the city. From the amphitheater to The Bean, there is always something new to see. Millennium Park offers some of the best views of the city as well. A great tourist destination for all ages!
Chi-town is a city is beautiful, there is no doubt about it. Adding to this landscape is the manicured lawns of Millennium Park. Nestled in the heart of downtown, this park allows for picturesque walks and is an instagrammers playground. Featuring many heavyweight art installations, the one that stood out for me was "Cloud Gate" aka The Bean. No matter what time of day you get to check out this crazy installation you will stop dead in your tracks. Take your time, view it from all angles and snap away. This park can certainly go toe-to-toe with Central Park and I cant wait to get back there.
One of the most enjoyable and cheap things you could do in the city is grab a blanket and sit down in front of the Pritzker Pavilion for a free concert. Can't summer be all year?
Millennium Park is the type of beautifully designed, well curated central location that every city should aspire to. Sure, it's full of tourists taking selfies in front of the Bean, but that sculpture, along with the rest of the park's attractions, are simply too cool to pass up. Crowds aside, the Band Shell is a lovely spot to see a show in the summer. The Lurie Garden is absolutely gorgeous in the spring, with its wildflower blooms set against the Chicago skyline. I think what makes the park so compelling is that it manages to stay compelling all year round, even on the coldest of winter days.