In 1997 Millennium Park was developed, sprucing up a spot in Grant Park that needed a little TLC. This 24.5 acre park is beautifully landscaped while being sprinkled with art sculptures that encourage the playful child in you.
Probably the best known sculpture in Millennium Park is the Cloud Gate or better known as “the Bean”. Cloud Gate was Anish Kapoor’s first public outdoor work installed in the United States. Cloud Gate looks like a drop of mercury that reflects back the sky, surrounding buildings and anyone standing near. It is almost impossible to get a photo of Cloud Gate without a random person standing in the photo. Like most popular attractions you will have better luck early in the morning before most of the tourists are out of bed.
Another one of the attractions in Millennium Park is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which was designed by Frank Gehry. Gehry’s work is non-traditional and looks somewhat futuristic, but I still rather enjoy it. The pavilion is made from brushed stainless steel which compliments “the bean”. This outdoor venue has 4000 fixed seats and lawn seating can hold up to another 7,000 more. It looks like a great place to catch a concert!
image credit: Wildcat Dunny
Crown Fountain caught my attention while I was walking to “the bean”. Faces of Chicago people appear on the side of the wall while water spouts out of their mouths. I thought this was rather peculiar but later learned that the water was a symbol of life. OK fine, but I still think it is strange… so strange that I did not capture my own photo… so we will borrow this one.
Image Credit: John Menard
Lurie Garden is a 5 acre garden sanctuary found in the heart of Chicago. Although there are high-rise buildings surrounding Millennium Park the Lurie Garden is meant to give travelers and residents alike a spot to decompress from the busyness of the vivacious city of Chicago.
Image Credit: Bernt Rostad
Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument, is a near size replica of the original peristyle that stood here from 1917 to 1953. This replica represents the past and the present of the park as well as paying homage to the individuals, corporations and foundations who donated to the development and conservation of Millennium Park.
Have you ever been to Millennium Park? Where is your favorite spot?
Millennium Park can be found near the loop boarding South Michigan, East Randolph, East Monroe and South Columbus Drive.