Millennium Park in Brief:
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Grant Park North: Enter either at Monroe Street and Michigan Avenue, or at Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue
Grant Park South: Enter either at Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue or Jackson Street and Michigan Avenue
Millennium Park: Enter at Columbus Drive between Monroe Street and Randolph Street
East Monroe Garage: Enter at Columbus Drive at Monroe Street
(Current rates are posted at all garage entrances)
Picnics at Millennium Park:
For those not the DIY types, the promenade also features several concession carts with drinks and snacks for purchase, and the Park Cafe offers a number of different choices of picnic meals that can be pre-ordered by phone or email and picked up right at the park.
Dining at Millennium Park:
About Millennium Park:
Millennium Park Features
The most visited (and photographed) item in Millennium Park is easily Cloud Gate, a public art piece by British artist Anish Kapoor. The silver, shiny seamless structure, dubbed by locals as "The Bean" for its jellybean like shape, is 66 feet long and 33 feet high, and weighs over 110 tons. Its mirror-like curved surface not only provides shutterbugs with a different perspective of the city skyline, it also creates a fun house mirror effect that amuses young and old both on the outside and underneath, which is concave.
Crown Fountain was designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa as a tribute to the citizens of Chicago. One thousand residents had their faces filmed to be displayed on the fountain's two 50 foot glass block towers. After a few minutes, the faces pucker their lips and a large stream of water emits from their mouths. Between face transitions, a wall of water cascades over the towers' sides. The fountain is on from mid-spring to mid-fall, weather permitting.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The Pritzker Pavilion was designed by Frank Gehry, and features his signature use of brushed stainless steel to dramatic effect. Massive, long curls of steel jut out above and around the pavilion's stage, creating a striking structure. In front of the pavilion is the Great Lawn, covered by a grid of criss-crossed pipes that support the sound system, so that during performances even those towards the back of the lawn can enjoy the music remarkably well.
Also designed by Gehry, the 925-foot-long BP Bridge leads from Millennium Park up and over Columbus Drive, providing some great views of the city skyline. The bridge lets out at the Daley Bicentennial Plaza, at the northeast corne of Grant Park.
Nestled in the heart of Millennium Park is the 2-1/2 acre Lurie Garden, a tranquil space created by a 15 foot tall hedge. A hardwood footbridge runs between the foliage and alongside a "stream" of running water.
Other features include the McCormick Plaza, the Harris Theater, Wrigley Square, a bike station, Exelon Pavilions, Boeing Galleries, the Chase Promenade, and the Nichols Bridgeway to the Art Institute.