Best Attractions & Activities, Attractions near United Center, Things to Do with Kids, Romantic Things to Do, Parks: Millennium Park is Chicago's crown jewel. With the change of seasons, the park attracts thousands every day. Summertime means a stellar line-up of concerts at Jay Pritzker Pavilion (during the day, on most Tuesdays through Fridays, the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus can be heard for free in the Pavilion as musicians rehearse for upcoming concerts). Winter brings out the ice-skating rink and Christmas lights. Get a picture with the Cloud Gate sculpture, or 'The Bean' as we call it in Chicago and at Crown Fountain, two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project video of faces of Chicago citizens on LED screens and having water flow through an outlet in the screen to give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths. At the southern tip is Lurie Garden, a 5-acre urban oasis featuring perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees.
Local Expert Megy Karydes Says:
Best Attractions & Activities, Attractions near United Center, Things to Do with Kids, Parks: "The ice skating rink is open to the public and is free if you have your own skates. Rentals are available at the rink for a $10 charge."
Romantic Things to Do: "If you don't have skates, rentals are available at the rink for a charge."
Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities, Attractions near United Center, Things to Do with Kids, Parks Because: Chicago's crown jewel next to Lake Michigan, listen to free concerts, take a photo with 'The Bean' or meander through beautiful Lurie Garden.
Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: The ice skating rink is open to the public and free if you have your own skates.