Chicago's Millennium Park is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture, and landscape design that could easily be at the top of your "must-see" list.
Start your adventure with a photo opp under the famous Cloud Gate sculpture (known to locals as "The Bean"). This 110-ton giant bean-like sculpture acts like a giant curved mirror for the city's skyline as well as the people making funny faces into it. Stand under it and have a real life "Jack and the Bean Stalk" moment.
Next on your agenda should be the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. This majestic performing arts stage features a state-of-the-art music and sound system. Check our calendar of events to find out if you can see a summer concert while you are here. Even if you can't, we still recommend paying a visit. It's definitely a great place for a frame-worthy photo.
Crown Fountain is yet another of the park's treasures and one with a unique twist: the two 50-foot glass block towers project photographs of local Chicagoans that look like the fountain's water is streaming out of their mouths. In the summertime, you'll also find plenty of kids - and adults for that matter - splashing around in the fountain's surrounding shallow pool.
Here is a riddle for you: what serves as a great place to dine alfresco in the summer and a spectacular place to ice skate in the winter? The McCormick Tribune Plaza, of course!
During the summer the plaza serves as a patio for the Park Grill Restaurant and The Café on the McCormick Tribune Plaza, and when the snowflakes fly, it becomes the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Either time of year, you get breathtaking views of the city.
The list of things to see and do here goes on and on, so we suggest you just grab your walking shoes and get moving!