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Millennium Park Chicago

One of the best vacation venues to visit can be The Millennium Park of Chicago. A center for music, art, culture and architectural excellence, The Millennium Park is a unique alliance between the charitable community and the city. This public park of 24.4 acres is located by the sides of Lake Michigan near the Loop Community area and houses some renowned works of art. This Park is a part of the larger Grant Park and is better known as the ‘front lawn’ of Chicago’s downtown area.

History of the Millennium Park


The foundation stone of The Millennium Park was laid in the year 1998, with a vision to make it a center for art and culture. The inauguration was marked with a three- day celebration and thirty thousand people participated in the event. The event’s inaugural was marked by a performance concert by the Grant Park Orchestra. Previously, the Park was administered by the authorities of Illinois Central Railroad. But in 1909, Daniel Burnham planned the city in such a way so that the railroad property remains isolated and untouched. The construction was one the most important development since 1893’s Columbian Exposition. Around 475 million dollars were spent to develop this construction, where some private donors and the taxpayers of the city made a significant contribution. This park has received many accolades from various critics and awards for its easy accessibility and green designing.

Primary Divisions of the Millennium Park


There is no entry fee levied for this park. The prominent features of the park includes –
  • The AT&T Plaza &Cloud Gate
  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • The Lurie Garden
  • The Crown Fountain
  • The Chase Promenade
  • The BP Pedestrian Bridge,
  • Wrigley Square
  • The Exelon Pavilions
  • The Boeing Galleries,
  • The Nichols Bridgeway
  • The McDonald's Cycle Center
  • McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink
  • The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance

    The focal point of the Park is Jay Pritzker Pavilion. This Pavilion consists of a lawn sitting area of 7,000 people and the indoor sitting area is of 4,000 people capacity. The Cloud Gate Sculpture is designed by the renowned conceptual artist- Anish Kapoor. This sculpture is marked by its unveiling during the inaugurals of the Millennium Park. This 3-storey forged steel structure is the first public artwork of US. It is a stainless steel structure providing reflections of the visitors and the Chicago skyline. The crown Fountain is a black-granite pool positioned within two transparent 50 ft tall brick towers made of glass. The construction is designed by Jaume Plensa and is named after the Crown family of Chicago.

    Synopsis
    The Park is a unique exhibition ground of Architectural perfection, landscape designing and Sculptural artwork. More than just a park or an art gallery, it is a venue with a difference attracting people from all over the world.

    Contact Details :
    The Millennium Park
    350 E Monroe St
    Chicago, IL 60603, United States
    Tel :(312) 742-1168

    The Park is open daily. No entrée fee is required.
    Timings: 6am - 11pm.