MILLENNIUM PARK

Join in the 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration!
With 25 acres of awe-inspiring landscape, breathtaking architecture and an iconic collection of public art, Millennium Park is Chicago’s premier green space.

When it debuted on July 16, 2004, Millennium Park transformed what was formerly an industrial wasteland into a vibrant, new town square. Ten year later, Millennium Park celebrates its anniversary season with dozens of FREE events and exhibitions including new, monumental sculptures by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa (designer of Crown Fountain); indie rock, electronica, jazz, classical and world music concerts; films, simulcasts and documentaries shown on an outdoor, 40-foot LED screen; family activities; workouts and more!

On your visit, don’t miss "The Bean," an eye-catching draw for visitors and locals alike year round. 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 stunning downtown skyline.

Also in Millennium Park, escape into Lurie Garden, a four-season urban oasis that pays homage to Chicago's motto — "Urbs in Horto," or City in a Garden. Spread out a blanket on the Great Lawn in front of the award-winning Pritzker Pavilion for any of the free events each day. 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 6am - 11pm daily

2014 FEATURED PARK EVENTS

Loops & Variations

Thursdays from May 29 - July 3, 2014
  • Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
  • FREE
Loops & Variations features cutting-edge performances that uniquely showcase contemporary classical musicians and emerging electronica artists. This extremely popular and free music series delivers an exciting lineup every year.

 

Downtown Sound

Mondays from June 2 - August 11, 2014 (no concert 7/28)
  • Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
  • FREE
Millennium Park's critically-acclaimed and totally free music series, Downtown Sound, returns for a sixth summer. Catch a diverse blend of musical acts in indie rock and pop, from cutting-edge bands to nationally recognized names.
 

Summer Workouts in the Park

Wednesdays & Saturdays from June 4 - September 6, 2014
  • Location: Great Lawn at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
  • FREE
Get an alfresco workout in every Saturday morning on the Great Lawn. The free workout series is open to all fitness levels and last 45 minutes each. Visitors can center their chakras with Tai Chi, melt stress away with Yoga, sweat it out with Pilates, or do a little Lain-inspired calorie burning with Zumba. New this year, mid-week yoga workouts will also be offered every Wednesday morning.
 

Grant Park Music Festival

June 11 - August 16, 2014
  • Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park
  • FREE
Led by Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Chorus Director Christopher Bell, the award-winning Grant Park Orchestra and Grant Park Chorus bring 30 free outdoor concerts to downtown audiences throughout the week all summer long. The nation's only free outdoor classical music series celebrates its 80th anniversary season in 2014 and boasts world premieres, festival favorites, renowned guest artists, a weeklong composer-in-residency, two visiting youth symphonies, and collaborations with local artists and cultural organizations.

Special Exhibit "Jaume Plensa: 1004 Portraits"

June 18, 2014 - December 2015
  • Location: South Boeing Gallery in Millennium Park
  • FREE
The Spanish artist brings four monumental sculptures to the South Boeing Gallery in a special exhibit for Millennium Park's 10th anniversary.

 

Special Exhibit "Millennium Park: An Anatomy in Photographs"

June 18, 2014 - October 2015
  • Location: North Boeing Gallery in Millennium Park
  • FREE
In a special exhibit for Millennium Park's 10th anniversary, over 50 images highlighting its early history, its construction, and its beauty today are highlighted.


Family Fun Festival

June 23 - August 24, 2014
  • Location: Chase Promenade North, Millennium Park
  • FREE
Join the fun all summer long with daily programming in the Family Fun Festival Tent. From 10am-3pm the action-packed schedule will keep your little ones busy with song and dance, reading circles, live performances, and crafts.

 

Millennium Park Film Series

Tuesdays from June 24 - August 26, 2014
  • Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
  • FREE
A new addition last year, Millennium Park brings back its free film series in 2014. Kicking off Tuesday evenings at dusk, the movies will shine brightly on the massive, state-of-the-art screen over the Pritzker Pavilion's Great Lawn. Additionally, Millennium Park will present other free films, simulcasts, videocasts and documentaries on select dates throughout the summer.
 

Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz

Thursdays from July 24 - August 28, 2014
  • Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
  • FREE
Millennium Park stages a month-long tribute to the genre with this celebrated music series. These free, weekly concerts aim to connect audiences with the jazz music's roots and future stars, before culminating with the holiday weekend spectacular, the 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.

 

Millennium Park Presents

Select dates throughout 2014 season
  • Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
  • FREE
Millennium Park Presents is a series of one-night-only performances to showcase symphonic music, dance, opera, Broadway hits and more — performed by some of Chicago’s best-loved cultural institutions. This summer's lineup includes concerts from Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Sones de Mexico Ensemble; live simulcasts of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Chicago Dancing Festival; and showcases from Broadway in Chicago and Lyric Opera of Chicago, among several others.

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