Millennium Park

It’s one of Chicago’s best known landmarks, a beautiful green space nestled just south of The Magnificent Mile. For almost a decade, Millennium Park has delighted Chicago residents and visitors with its unparalleled landscape, incredible architectural and public art. Today, I'm going to show you how to experience all of its glory, just like a local.

Public Art

Millennium Park is not just a green space, it’s a world class display of art. Specializing in large-scale art pieces, the park is known, most notably, for Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” (better known as “The Bean”). Kapoor’s masterpiece is not the only one on display in the park. Jaume Plensa’s “Crown Fountain” is another fixture and a striking work in itself. The park is also home to the Boeing Galleries on both its north and south ends. Look for the Jun Kaneko exhibit opening April 12 and running through November 3 in the South Boeing Gallery. For more information about Jun Kaneko's exhibitiion, click here.

Public Art in Millennium Park

Lurie Garden

When you're finished with the artwork, take a promenade around the Lurie Garden, Millennium’s five-acre showcase of landscaping genius and beauty. Filled with beautiful colors and powerful floral representations of Chicago’s history and legacy, this peaceful garden beautifully integrates nature into the excitement of downtown Chicago. And you can even take home a kit to plant a mini version of the Lurie Garden at your home! For more information about Lurie Garden, click here.

Lurie Garden

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion

After exploring the art and flora that call Millennium Park’s 25-acres home, stick around for a show in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. This state of the art ampitheatre is engineered to provide the best outdoor sound for a large crowd and is home to a variety of exciting events all season long.

This spring and summer, there are world-class musicians on the Jay Pritzker stage, and there is guaranteed to be an event for everyone. Among some of the concert series are Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz and The Grant Park Music Festival, featuring the Chicago Symphony. For your contemporary crowd, the park offers Loops and Variations, which is new music mixed with electronica and Downtown Sound, a celebrated series that hosts some of the nation’s best indie, rock, and alternative groups.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Next time you are in Millennium Park, don’t just walk past it to get to your favorite designer’s store (although, who are we kidding? Shopping is ALWAYS encouraged). Stop and enjoy one of the finest parks in the nation. You’ll be happy you did. 

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