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.


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




Lurie Garden

Lurie Garden Spring & Summer Programming

Spring & Summer 2017

Dates: Vary each week (visit website for full calendar)
Location: Lurie Garden (Millennium Park at Columbus Drive & Monroe Street)

On five acres at the southeast corner in Millennium Park, Lure Garden welcomes spring with a series of free lectures and hands-on workshops that inspire individuals and families of all ages to enjoy the natural world. From lessons on beekeeping, basket weaving and basic pruning, to toddler sing-alongs and kiddie art lessons, grow your knowledge of gardening, design and ecology.

Chicago Gospel Festival

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

June 2-3, 2017

June 2: 6:00-9:30 pm; June 3: 4:00-9:30 pm
Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Settle in for some powerful performances at the 31st Chicago Gospel Music Festival. The FREE admission festival celebrates the genre's foundational roots in Chicago and will bring together local and national artists to the stunning downtown stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.

Millenium Park Summer Work

Summer Workouts in the Park

Wednesdays & Saturdays: June 3 - September 2, 2017

Location: Great Lawn at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Get an alfresco workout Wednesday and Friday mornings 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®.

Chicago Blues Festival: June 9-11, 2017

Chicago Blues Festival

June 9-11, 2017

11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.

Movies in the Park

Millennium Park Summer Music Series

Mondays & Thursdays: June 12 - August 21, 2017

6:30 pm
Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

A fun addition to summertime in Chicago, Millennium Park brings back its free music series in 2017. On Monday and Thursday evenings, outdoor concerts boast a curated lineup of rock, pop, jazz and more at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.


Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Tuesdays: June 13 - August 29, 2017

6:30 pm
Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Millennium Park's free weekly film series returns in 2017. Taking place on Tuesday evenings, the movies shine brightly on the massive, state-of-the-art screen over the Pritzker Pavilion's Great Lawn.

Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park - Image

Grant Park Music Festival

Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays: June 14 - August 19, 2017

Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

It's the nation's only FREE, outdoor classical music series of its kind! Comprised of the Grammy® nominated Grant Park Orchestra led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and the award-winning Grant Park Chorus led by Chorus Director Christopher Bell, the festival have 32 spectacular summer concerts. Spread out on the Great Lawn or grab a seat near the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for an alfresco picnic under the stars.

Millennium Park Family Fun Festival

Millennium Park Family Fun Festival

Daily: June 19 - August 23, 2017

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Chase Promenade North in Millennium Park

Families are invited to join the fun all summer long with activities, including music and arts and crafts, for kids of all ages.

Chicago SummerDance

SummerDance Celebration

August 26, 2017

12-9:30 pm
Location: Millennium Park

This new dance festival brings a full day of dance competitions, social dancing and performances. Additional highlights include a DJ Dance Party at Cloud Gate, Circle Dance Lessons on the Great Lawn, professional dance performances at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and much more.

Stars of Lyric Opera

Fifth Star Honors

Monday, August 28, 2017

Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Celebrate Chicago’s creativity at the Fifth Star Honors, a night of stars under the stars honoring legendary Chicago artists and cultural institutions with live performances and video tributes.

Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival

August 31 - September 3, 2017

12:00-9:30 pm
Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

The longest running of the city's lakefront music festivals, Chicago Jazz Festival has been a Labor Day weekend tradition for over 30 years. Known for its artistic creativity, the festival promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through FREE, quality live musical performances at two stunning downtown venues, the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park.

World Music Festival

World Music Festival

September 8-24, 2017

Times vary
Location: Citywide

This citywide, multi-venue festival has attracted over 600,000 concert-goers and has presented more than 600 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999. FREE performances take you into at all of Chicago's top live clubs, while marquee names also take to the gorgeous, open-air stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.


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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.