MILLENNIUM PARK

With 25 acres of awe-inspiring landscape, breathtaking architecture and an iconic collection of public art, Millennium Park is Chicago’s premier green space.

Millennium Park celebrated its 10th anniversary season in 2014 and continues to present dozens of free events and programs including art installations, outdoor concerts, films screenings, alfresco workouts and more.

All year round, "The Bean" is an iconic draw for visitors and locals alike. Take a picture in front of Cloud Gate, the official name for the massive, stainless steel structure that’s become Chicago’s signature landmark. In its mirror-like surface you'll see not only your own reflection but the downtown skyline.

During the winter months, lace up your skates for ice skating amid twinkling tree lights at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Or escape into Lurie Garden, an urban oasis that pays homage to Chicago's motto — "Urbs in Horto," or City in a Garden.

In the warmer months, spread out a blanket in front of the award-winning Pritzker Pavilion for a live performance. Cool off by splashing around in Millennium Park’s Crown Fountain, a shallow reflecting pool bookended by 50-foot towers. Grab food and drinks at the alfresco patio Park Grill, or burn off those calories during a Saturday morning workout on the Great Lawn.

VISITOR INFORMATION:

201 East Randolph Street
(between Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.)
312-742-1168
Free Admission
Open 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily

FALL & WINTER FUN!

Fifth Star Awards

September 14, 2016
  • 7 p.m.
  • Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park
  • FREE
Celebrate Chicago’s creativity at the 3rd Annual Fifth Star Awards, a night of stars under the stars honoring legendary Chicago artists and cultural institutions with live performances and video tributes. 2016 Honorees include Blues legend Buddy Guy; celebrated photographer Victor Skrebneski; actress, educator and theater founder Jackie Taylor; museum founder and educator Carlos Tortolero; and legendary improv and sketch comedy theater The Second City.

World Music Festival

September 17, 2016
  • 3 p.m.
  • Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park
  • FREE
Celebrate international music at this free concert, featuring Herencia de Timbiquí (Colombia) and Occidental Brothers Dance Band International (Chicago, USA). World Music Festival Chicago is a city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival showcasing over 60 artists from 25 countries at 20 venues.

Open House Chicago

October 15 & 16, 2016
  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park
  • FREE
Go behind the scenes of Frank Gehry’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion as part of Open House Chicago, presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

SpinOff

October 28 & 29, 2016
  • 7 p.m.
  • Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park
  • FREE
SpinOff showcases contemporary dance made in the Midwest October 28 - November 5. In this split bill, Ayako Kato and Megan Young | MegLouise present works-in-progress at a special evening on the closed-door stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

Open daily November 18, 2016 - March 5, 2017 (weather permitting)
  • Location: McCormick Tribune Plaza at Millennium Park
Strap on a pair of skates and glide around the outdoor ice rink with the twinkling city lights as the backdrop. Admission is free, skate rentals are available for a fee ($12) and the downtown views can't be beat! The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is located in Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets.


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 18, 2016
  • 6 p.m.
  • Location: Millennium Park
  • FREE
Celebrate the holiday season at the official Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting in Millennium Park! The 103rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will feature a performance by the international percussion sensation created by Luke Cresswell and Steve NcNicholas: STOMP along with a special appearance by Santa Claus.


Caroling at Cloud Gate

Fridays November 25 - December 16, 2016
  • 6 p.m.
  • Location: Cloud Gate at Millennium Park
  • FREE
Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics at these festive events that are part concert, part sing-along. Local choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song.


Holiday Celebrations

November 18 - December 18, 2016
  • Location: Millennium Park
  • FREE
Celebrate the holiday season at Millennium Park! Take a selfie with the Christmas tree, sing holiday favorites at Caroling at Cloud Gate on Friday evenings, and visit Santa Claus in his shop at the Millennium Park Welcome Center. The tree will be on display through the first week of January.

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Millennium Park is operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) at the City of Chicago. DCASE is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality through free and affordable events and programs.
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