Millennium Park is a masterpiece of urban planning! It is the number one attraction in the midwest. This amazing public park in the Loop on the Lake Michigan shoreline that covers a 24.5-acres of the northwestern section of Grant Park. There are free concerts and festivals,
It is a showcase for postmodern architecture and 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.
There are plenty of locations in and around the park for a spectacular Vino con Vista.
The area was previously occupied by parkland, Illinois Central rail yards, and parking lots. Because the park sits atop a parking garage and the commuter rail station, it is considered the world’s largest rooftop garden. The final cost of $475 million was paid by Chicago taxpayers and private donors.
The park, which is bounded by Michigan Avenue, Randolph Street, Columbus Drive and East Monroe Drive, features a variety of public art and is Chicago’s top tourist attraction. Planning of the park began in October 1997. Construction began in October 1998, and Millennium Park was opened in a ceremony on July 16, 2004, four years behind schedule. The three-day opening celebrations were attended by some 300,000 people and included an inaugural concert by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus.
The park has earned numerous design awards. Here are some of the key elements of the park: the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, the Lurie Garden, and various other attractions. The park is connected by the BP Pedestrian Bridge and the Nichols Bridgeway to other parts of Grant Park and to the Art Institute.
I love going to concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.