Millennium Park

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Best Attractions & Activities: Millennium Park is one of the most extraordinary public spaces in the world. More than a park, it is a breathtaking showcase for the visual and performing arts and a permanent homage to the vitality and creativity of this world-class city. The centerpiece of the park is the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States. You can't miss one of the world's largest outdoor sculptures by British artist Anish Kapoor and the Crown Fountain designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. Be sure to admire the Lurie Garden, a distinctive blend of spatial structure, plantings and lighting. Summer brings a stellar line-up of concerts at Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the ice-skating rink and Christmas lights emerge every winter. Everyone is welcome to snap a selfie at the Cloud Gate sculpture, or 'The Bean.' Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy!

Free Things to Do: The 24.5-acre Millennium Park is one of the most extraordinary public spaces in the world, a stunning showcase for the visual and performing arts and a permanent homage to the vitality of our world-class city. The centerpiece of the park is the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion and there's not a chance you'll miss one of the world's largest outdoor sculptures by British artist Anish Kapoor - Cloud Gate - or the Crown Fountain designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. The towers project video of faces of Chicago citizens on LED screens and water flows through an outlet in the screen to give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths. Be sure to admire Lurie Garden, a distinctive blend of spatial structure, plantings and lighting that's a 5-acre urban oasis.

Parks, Attractions near United Center, Things to Do with Kids: 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.


Address

205 E Randolph Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

Map / Directions
312-742-1168


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Expert Tips by Jacky Runice

Chicago Local Expert

Best Attractions & Activities: "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 charge."

Free Things to Do: "The ice skating rink is open to the public and is free if you have your own skates."

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: In the middle of downtown, it's a nice place to meander, catch a free concert or take a selfie at the reflective 'Bean.'

Best for Free Things to Do Because: The park is the place to listen to free concerts, take a selfie at 'The Bean' or see perennials and prairie plantings at Lurie Garden.

Expert Tips by Megy Karydes

Chicago Local Expert

Parks, Attractions near United Center, Things to Do with Kids: "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."

Best for Parks, Attractions near United Center, Things to Do with Kids 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.

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