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




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.

Chicago Gourmet

Chicago Gourmet

September 19-24, 2017

Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Chicago Gourmet, the nation’s premier culinary experience aimed at promoting Chicago’s world-class culinary community, returns to Millennium Park. Celebrating its tenth anniversary year, organizers will also present eXtraordinary chefs – eXtraordinary places, a range of thrilling culinary events held in Chicago’s most iconic locales.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Crowd Out

October 1, 2017

3:00-3:45 PM
Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

One thousand Chicagoans from every corner of the city will gather to perform the American debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s crowd out. We will collectively express our hopes and fears through speech, shouts, and whispers, creating a performance greater than the sum of its parts. 

World Dumpling Fest

World Dumpling Fest

October 7, 2017

Location: Chase Promenade South in Millennium Park

World Dumpling Fest, the kickoff event to Inherit Chicago, will feature dumplings of the world from Chicago’s best ethnic restaurants, cultural performances, and heritage-based artisans selling original crafts and artwork. This all-ages event is FREE to the public, but if you want dumplings, buy tickets!

Cloud Gate aka "The Bean" in Millennium Park Chicago

Celebrate Cloud Gate

October 17, 2017

Location: Cloud Gate in Millennium Park

Widely recognized as one of the greatest public art pieces in the World, Cloud Gate has become a destination for residents and visitors alike. Join us for a celebration of "The Bean" in Millennium Park.

Millennium Park Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 17, 2017

6:00 PM
Location: Millennium Park

Celebrate the holiday season at the official Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting in Millennium Park! Snap a selfie in front of the tree through the first week of January 2018.

Ice Skating Rink at Millennium Park

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

November 17, 2017 - March 4, 2018 (weather permitting)

Mondays-Thursdays:  12:00 PM-8:00 PM
Fridays: 12:00 PM-10:00 PM
Saturdays (November 18–January 8): 10:00 AM-10:00 PM
Saturdays (January 18–March 8): 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sundays: 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
Location: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park
FREE | Skate Rental: $12

Enjoy free ice skating daily, weather permitting, on a 15,910 sq. ft. rink in beautiful Millennium Park! Hot chocolate and snacks are available at the Park Grill Cafe.

Caroling at the Cloud Gate

Caroling at Cloud Gate

Fridays: November 24 - December 15, 2017

6:00 PM
Location: Cloud Gate in Millennium Park

Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics during Caroling at Cloud Gate. This festive series is part concert, part sing-along at Cloud Gate, aka "The Bean" on Friday nights.


The Bean
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.