Downtown Chicago --Randolph and Michigan
Submitted by: Joellen Sbrissa
Millennium Park is Chicago's newest showcase.
This public park has public art pieces, gardens, a music pavilion, and is free and available to the public.
The feature art pieces include "Cloud Gate," affectionately referred to as "The Bean" by locals, a sculpture that reflects the Chicago skyline, and two fountains that are towers that electronically show faces of the diverse people of Chicago, with water streaming out of the mouth every 13 minutes. The water pours into a pond where the children gather to play.
What Makes Millennium Park a Great Place?
Visitors and locals visit the park daily to enjoy the space and the art. There is even a bike parking garage where bikes are safely parked and riders can take a shower.
The park is a beautiful complement to Chicago's scenic, active lakefront. Downtown residents, busnesspersons, as well as visitors find this a welcome oasis in the bustling city. It is accesible by foot, public transportation, auto, bike. Walkways and bike paths are ample. It is easily located on Chicago's scenic lakefront drives.
This newly completed park makes an excellent first impression and is fast becoming a landmark site and showcase of beautiful green space for this magnificent, friendly midwestern city. Regular park maintenance and security patrol enhance its appeal for all visitors.
The best part is that there are all kinds of people at one time. Different ages, cultures, interests.
The music pavilion has summer concerts given by the Grant Park Orchestra and other performers. Frank Gehry’s design for the pavilion has attracted international attention.
It seems that there is something to interest everyone. It is a fun place to be, and visitors are impressed. The locals love to go there too.
The tenor is definitely upbeat, enthusiastic, and a treat for the senses, disposition. Both groups and individuals will find this a pleasant destination. Local pride definitely abounds in this beautful, functional public space.
Joanne Vallero also contributed to this nomination.
History & Background
The park opened in 2004 and keeps improving. It reflects the diverse interests of the people of Chicago.
e-mail Millennium Park
- Chicago's Millennium Park - the park's homepage
- Chicago Park District
- At Least This One's Under Warranty - Another toy breaks in Millennium Park
- Making Places, Sept 2004 - Chicago's new blockbuster public space, Millennium Park, will become a great place in spite of its design.