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Chicago's Magical Millennium Park

Updated on March 28, 2013
The Crown Fountain
The Crown Fountain

A Treasure in Chicago

Chicago's Millennium Park is one of my favorite places to walk through. It covers 24.5 acres and features outdoor public art, live music events and even a skating rink during the winter months. The park is surrounded by numerous sky scrapers making the experience all the more magical.

Officially opened in 2004 the park has been seen and used by thousands of visitors and locals alike. Once you've seen the park you’ll know why I've made it a priority to explore along with so many others.

Facing a Cool Down

The Crown Fountain designed by Jaume Plensa is a popular sight not only for its 50-foot-glass block towers that face one another, but for the large reflecting pool between them. Benches lining the pool area provide front row seating if you want to put your feet up, people watch or just see the fountains in action. The reflecting pool of clear water offers relief from the heat so feel free to splash or wade in it with the rest of the crowd.

Who are the faces on the towers? The faces are of Chicago natives squirting water onto the reflecting pool below and anyone hoping to cool off.

The Crown Fountain  by Jaume Piensa
The Crown Fountain by Jaume Piensa
Cloud Gate  by Anish Kapoor
Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor
Ice Skating Rink, The Bean & Pavilion
Ice Skating Rink, The Bean & Pavilion
Husband & I
Husband & I

Reflections in "the Bean"

Catching your reflection in British sculptor Anish Kapoor’s 110-ton elliptical polished steel sculpture is fun and exciting. The inflated curved mirror effect of Cloud Gate changes how you see the sizes and shapes of things including yourself within the cityscape of Chicago. Your reflection becomes an interactive part of the sculpture and your surroundings.

The sculptor was originally born in Mumbai (Bombay) in 1954, lived and worked in London, attended Hornsey College of Art and the Chelsea School of Art and Design. Several other famous works by by Kapoor include: Sky Mirror, in Kensington Gardens, London and a second Sky Mirror, in Rockefeller Center, New York, both reflecting the ever changing sky above. A piece called the "Turning the World Upside Down, Jerusalem," was commissioned and installed in 2010 at the Israel Museum. To view more of Kapoor’s work go to the Lisson Gallery link at the end of this hub page.

Valiant Struggle No. 11, 2006 by Chen Wenling
Valiant Struggle No. 11, 2006 by Chen Wenling

A Park to Remember

I’ve provided only a glimpse of what is in store at Millennium Park. There is the steel BP Bridge by Frank Gehry that winds across Columbus Drive for 925 feet along the edge of the park. An open air music pavilion Jay Pritzker Pavilion also by Frank Gehry that holds 4000 seats with the Great Lawn nearby. The Harris Theater for Music and Dance that seats 1,525 boasts having excellent sight lines and sound.

A beautiful garden full of over 138 varieties of perennials can be found in the Lurie Garden. The Nichols Bridgeway connects Millennium Park to the Art Institutes Modern Wing providing an excellent view of the Lurie Garden from its 625-foot bridge. If ice skating is your sport of choice there is also popular 16,000-square foot ice rink in the park.

Lurie Garden
Lurie Garden
Lurie Garden
Lurie Garden
Lurie Garden
Lurie Garden
Jia Shan Shi No.46, 2001 by Zhan Wang
Jia Shan Shi No.46, 2001 by Zhan Wang
Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge
Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge
Millennium Park:
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

get directions

View of Pavilion from Michigan Ave.
View of Pavilion from Michigan Ave.


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    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      5 years ago

      ChristinS...If you do make it to Chicago in the future besides checking out this awesome park head to Navy Pier. My husband and I love sitting on the pier listening to the wide variety of bands they offer for free. With every step you take on the pier you can hear numerous languages spoken as people from all over the world come to check out the pier.

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      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      This looks really awesome. I live downstate close to St Louis and don't get to Chicago often enough. It's a neat city, but I've never heard of this park - that's how long it's been since we've gone that way :)

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      7 years ago

      It is really cool to see Chicago in person. I hope your able to visit sometime soon.

      I'm happy you liked my photos in this hub of Millennium Park. I take my digital Cannon PowerShot with me everywhere I go. I love having that instant memory of things I see and do. Thanks for the VOTE too.

    • Jeannieinabottle profile image

      Jeannie InABottle 

      7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This looks so cool. I've never been to Chicago, but if I ever visit, I will have to go there. Beautiful photos, by the way. Voted up!

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      7 years ago

      So glad you liked this hub. I had a good time putting it together. When you visit bring your camera you'll want to take tons of pictures. I can't wait to go back again.

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      7 years ago

      This is a nice hub, informative and filled with pictures that capture the reader's attention and interest. I will put the Millennium Park on my list of places to visit.


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