Believe it or not, the ice skating rink at Millennium Park is melting and the colorful shade umbrellas are going up in its place for the Park Grill outdoor seating area. Spring has sprung, and from the winter we had in Chicago, I think most of us assumed the ice skating rink was going to be up till the end of June. As we transition from winter to spring, Millennium Park will also make the transition of winter wonderland to a hot spot for concerts, festivals, and art events. Let's dive into what Millennium Park already has lined up for spring and summer.
One of the best destinations for Millennium Park visitors is The Lurie Gardens. Open year round, The Lurie Gardens offers Chicagoans and visitors a break from the cement and steel of the city and to witness a truly great garden in the center of the city. Each spring, Lurie Gardens offers various programs to the public to take advantage of the spring weather and the beautiful budding of many of the flowers. Oh, and they're all free! Check out their Postcard Making program as well as all the other upcoming programs listed on their website!
Come out to Millennium Park May 2nd and support the next generation of fashion designers at this year's School of the Art Institute Fashion Show. All eyes will be on the catwalk at the Chase Promenade in Millennium Park as high end designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Jason Wu, and many others look on. Be part of all the action by purchasing your tickets on the SAIC Fashion 2014 website!
If you're in The Loop at the end of May and beginning of June, make sure to stop by the Millennium Art Festival to pick up some art. Over 130 local artists will be there to sell their original work. The artist will be displaying ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, paintings, drawings, photography, wood and furniture, so there really is something for everyone. Besides the art, the festival will have live music throughout as well as local restaurants offering some great eats!
Has it been eighty seasons already? I'm sure someone over ninety could tell us. Until we get that answer, be sure to come to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion this summer for the Grant Park Music Festival. Come and bring a bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers and enjoy some free classical music with family and friends. Classical music is available all summer, mostly on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the summer. So be sure to check the schedule and enjoy some great classical music in the heart of downtown.