Millennium Park Chicago
Welcome to Chicago’s front lawn! That’s where you’ll be when you visit Millennium Park Chicago. This 319-acre park in The Loop has become the top tourist attraction in the Midwest since it opened in 2004. Around 25 million visitors each year come to the Chicago Millennium Park “bean sculpture,” Crown Fountain, shows at Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Harris Theater, ice skating at the Millennium Park ice rink, and so much more! Learn more about what you’ll find when you visit Millennium Park Chicago, and then, follow your visit to Millennium Park by seeing it from above at Skydeck!
Millennium Park Chicago Location
If you want to start your visit at the Millennium Park ice rink or the Chicago Millennium Park bean sculpture, they’re both easy to access from Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe in the heart of The Loop. Crown Fountain, with its images of faces spitting water, is located just south of the Millennium Park ice rink and bean sculpture. As you move towards the lake, you’ll find the sprawling Great Lawn and the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which is home to a host of summer concerts. Parking at Millennium Park is easy, since the park is actually the world’s largest rooftop garden, built over parking garages and train sheds. There’s also a train stop beneath the park.
Things to Do at Millennium Park Chicago
You already know about the Millennium Park ice rink and how you can ice skate in the shadow of the Chicago Millennium Park bean sculpture. You probably also know about frolicking in Crown Fountain in the summer. Here are some other things you can do at Millennium Park Chicago:
- See artwork in the Boeing galleries
- Walk the BP Bridge to Maggie Daley Park
- Take your photo in the reflection of Cloud Gate, otherwise known as the Chicago Millennium Park bean sculpture
- Chill out in the lush Lurie Garden
- Rent a bike and ride through the park
- Visit the Art Institute of Chicago by following the Nichols Bridgeway
- Attend an event
Events at Millennium Park Chicago
Like any front yard, Millennium Park is the hub of the city and the place where you’ll find a diverse array of events. Here are a few to put on your calendar:
- Holiday events include the Chicago Christmas tree lighting and Friday night holiday singalongs
- Pop-up performances at Cloud Gate by a variety of Chicago acts
- Free Summer Concert Series
- Chicago Jazz Festival
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