Millennium Park is a 25-acre (10 hectare) park in the central Loop. Locals and tourists gather year-round for concerts, biking and jogging, and to admire the sculptures dotting the landscape.
From the 1850s until the mid-1990s the area was mostly warehouses. In 1997, Mayor Richard Daley hired a team of architects, artists and developers to turn it into the unique public space it is today.The centerpiece of the park is Wrigley Square, an inviting tree-lined area where visitors relax on the lawn or stroll along the paths. This is where you’ll find the spectacular Millennium Monument, a 40-foot high semicircle of Greek Doric-style columns. You can't miss several large-scale art installations. Marvel at the striking Cloud Gate, by British artist Anish Kapoor, is a 66-foot long and 33-foot high stainless steel sculpture. It’s in the shape of a bean and reflects clouds and the City skyline. Onlookers can see their own reflection, so it’s another photo opportunity for visitors. The Crown Fountain is a fountain with two 50-foot glass towers at either end of a shallow pool. Videos of locals squirting water from their mouths (to mimick traditional fountains) are projected onto each tower. It was designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. In summer, join with the locals and stand in the pool to cool off.
Check out even more art in the Boeing Galleries, on the north and south ends of the park. The outdoor galleries showcase different exhibitions throughout the year from local and international artists.
If you are visiting between the end of spring and early fall, enjoy an outdoor concerts (often free) at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. It seats some 11,000 people with proper seats and a grassy hill. During the colder months, there are music and dance shows in the indoor Harris Theater. Check the park website to view the schedule of events.
When you have worked up an appetite, head to the 300-seat restaurant at the Michigan Avenue end of the park, or picnic on one of the many lawns.
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Located in The Loop, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Crown Fountain, Art Institute of Chicago, and Millennium Park. Chicago Cultural Center and Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre are also within 10 minutes.
Located in The Loop, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Michigan Avenue Bridge and Chicago Theatre. Millennium Park and John Hancock Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in South Loop, this hotel is steps away from Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography and Auditorium Building and Theatre. Fine Arts Building and Buckingham Fountain are also within 10 minutes.
Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chicago Board of Trade Building, Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge. Art Institute of Chicago and Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre are also within 10 minutes.
Located in The Loop, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chicago Theatre, Millennium Park, and Chicago Cultural Center. Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Near North Side, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building and Chicago Water Tower. John Hancock Center and Chicago Theatre are also within 15 minutes.
Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The PrivateBank Theatre and Millennium Park. Art Institute of Chicago and CNA Center are also within 10 minutes.
Located in The Loop, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aon Center, Wrigley Building, and Tribune Tower. Millennium Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 15 minutes.