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Millennium Park Chicago: Upcoming Events and Things to Do

Roxana Anton

Millennium Park, photo courtesy Pixabay

As the warmer days start to show up, we feel like going out more.

You might want to spend as much time as possible under the blue sky and the caress of the loving sun, in a green space, as closer to nature as it gets.

Downtown Chicago, Millenium Park is waiting for its visitors, maybe even for the first time.

Opened to the public in 2004, it is a "young" park and one of the largest green spaces in the world, also displaying a wide space for garages.

It is not only a park: it is a green space where you can admire post-modernist art, in the main areas to explore: the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, and the Lurie Garden.

A showcase for postmodern architecture, it also features the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink, the BP Pedestrian Bridge, the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Wrigley Square, the McDonald's Cycle Center, the Exelon Pavilions, the AT&T Plaza, the Boeing Galleries, the Chase Promenade, and the Nichols Bridgeway. (Wikipedia)

The centerpiece of Millennium Park is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a bandshell designed by Frank Gehry. The pavilion has 4,000 fixed seats, plus additional lawn seating for 7,000.

Here is the place of shows and concerts, where thousands of people used to gather to have fun and meet their favorite artists.

Initially, the pavilion's lawn seats were free for all concerts, but this changed when Tori Amos performed the first rock concert there on August 31, 2005. (Wikipedia)

Also, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Grant Park Music Festival have a performing space in the pavilion, with the music series and annual music concerts and all sorts of art events.

AT&T Plaza and Cloud Gate

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The AT&T Plaza is a public space that hosts the Cloud Gate sculpture.

Cloud Gate, dubbed "The Bean" by Chicagoans because of its legume-like shape, is a modern steel sculpture that is featured in so many pictures of Chicago.

It's almost like a symbol of the City: every one that visits Chicago knows about the Cloud Gate.

The first public artwork in the United States by world-renowned artist Anish Kapoor, the privately funded piece costs $23 million, as estimated. (Wikipedia)

Its smooth shape and mirror-like surface were inspired by liquid mercury, and it provides amazing reflections, so make sure not to forget your camera or phone, as you will be doing some amazing pictures here.

The Crown Fountain

photo courtesy Matthew T Rader on Unsplash

Take a picture with someone dear near this interactive work of public art and video sculpture, named in honor of Chicago's Crown family, opened to the public in 2004.

It was designed by Catalan conceptual artist Jaume Plensa and executed by Krueck and Sexton Architects. (source: Wikipedia)

The fountain is composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of transparent glass brick towers. The towers use light-emitting diodes behind the bricks to display digital videos.

The fountain promotes physical interaction between the public and the water in an artistic setting. (Wikipedia)

Lurie Garden

The Lurie Garden is a public garden located at the southern end of Millennium Park.

It is the featured nature component of the world's largest green roof and was named after philanthropist Ann Lurie. (source: Wikipedia)

It is an ideal place to rest, relax, and reconnect to nature, and in the meantime, a great horticulture experience. The perfect natural oasis of your dreams, inside the City.

The McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink is a multipurpose venue located along the western edge of Millennium Park.

The Pedestrian Bridge, with its snake-like shape, serves as a noise barrier for the pavilion, blocking traffic sounds from Columbus Drive. (Wikipedia)

Other features to visit in the park include Harris Theatre, Exelon Pavilions, Boeing Galleries, the modern pedestrian Nichols Bridgeway, and many others.

Millennium Park is now open for visiting, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities, like for instance Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn. (go to the link to find out more information).

If you want to know more about the list of events happening this year in Millennium Park, check out the Park at Home list, and stay updated.

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