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Millennium Park

201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601-6530
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  • Millennium Park
    Betsy F.
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    5 Aug 19, 2014

    Good walking area in downtown Chicago. Near art museum and architecture tours.

    The Bean is a convex mirror-surfaced big sculpture that is fun to use in photos.

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  • Millennium ParkPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    5 Aug 18, 2014

    This beautiful space combines outdoor art installations with greenery and fantastic views of the Chicago skyline. An easy add-on to a visit to the Art Institute, Loop, or Grant Park. A great example of how this city has undergone a renaissance in the last 15 years.

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  • Millennium Park
    Andrea Kristine
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    5 Aug 16, 2014

    Home of the famous "Bean" and hands on installations as well as a bandshell and Lurie Garden is Millennium Park right on the waterfront. Highly recommended fee free park with incredible views and interesting history.

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  • Millennium ParkPro 2014
    Hanae
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    4 Jul 12, 2014

    It's a tourist thing to do, but you won't regret it if you're an art lover like me. It's a fun place to take pictures with the warped reflections of yourself. What I loved about the bean the most was at night. The reflection of the famous buildings with lights is gorgeous.

    If you're barely in chicago like me then I would recommend checking out the bean during the day and night.

    If you show up early in the morning then you'll have less people crowding around the bean. Less people in your bean picture :)

    I got to see it during winter on my birthday. One of the most memorable experience I had at chitown was ice skate in from of the bean with my boyfriend. I never skated outdoors in the snow before!!!

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  • Millennium ParkPro 2014
    JJ
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    5 Jul 01, 2014

    The best parts are the summers and the 10 weeks (wed-sat) of free concerts, mainly classical music, outside under the lights and stars of the big city. Dont forget to bring your chairs, a blanket, and a picnic....BYOB.

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  • Millennium Park
    wanderlustmama
    4 May 22, 2014

    I love Millennium Park! It's super-touristy, but definitely a destination if you are in the Chicago area.

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  • Millennium ParkPro 2014
    Steve Sim
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    4 Jun 19, 2014

    Touristy, Yes!
    Photo Op, Yes!
    Great Park, Yes!
    Must See, Heck Yes!!

    I've been here before, but during the night. Experiencing it during daylight hours was a real treat.

    I like this park. Plenty of greenery to just relax and enjoy the nice (but chilly) day. Great place to people watch.

    You can also find the "Bean" here. A giant silver bean (it looks like a giant jelly bean to me) in the middle of the park. A great photo opportunity. I was a tourist so I did what a tourist does. Take pictures of this thing. lol.

    This is a good park to visit and I enjoyed it.

    I'll definitely be back.

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    Carolyn Potts
    5 May 24, 2014

    In the summer, the free music concerts are great. From jazz to classical to rock to world music. All top-notch and free. Fantastic summer venue.

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  • Millennium Park
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    5 Apr 22, 2014

    Spend an afternoon checking out all of the art and design in one of Chicago's premier parks. Some must-see highlights include: Frank Gehry's Jay Pritzer Pavilion, an outdoor concert venue; the Cloud Gate, lovingly referred to as the Bean by locals, which is a mirrored bean-like structure designed by British artist Anish Kapoor; and, by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain, which consists of two 50-foot-tall structures that project images of a broad spectrum of Chicago residents.

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  • Millennium ParkPro 2014
    Kat Von B (Travelinggreek)
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    3 Oct 25, 2013

    Gotta see the BEAN!
    The park is Chicago's equivalent to New York's Central Park.
    It is a great place to hang and people watch.
    It is also a great place for families and picnic's.
    The largest outdoor "green" space in Chicago.

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  • Millennium Park
    Jenny Weiss
    5 Oct 20, 2013

    Admiring yourself from all angles of the shiny, reflective bean is a must-do while in Chicago. Once you're done taking some cool photos there, head over to see the LED face fountains (you'll know them when you see them...they're actually a little creepy). If you're there in the winter, you can go ice skating at the Millennium Park ice rink.

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  • Millennium Park
    Barbara Kossy
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    4 Jun 10, 2014

    A great place to stroll the paved walkways and see the Cloudveil (Bean) sculpture, and the startling and entertaining Crown Fountain with super-sized faces that spurt water. In winter there's ice skating, in summer watch kids, and adults play in the fountain. Or heck, pull off your shoes and jump in too!

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  • Millennium ParkPro 2014
    Nomadic by Nature
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    4 Oct 12, 2013

    Definitely go check this thing out and take some funny pictures. Iconic Chicago at this point, and the park is super nice too.

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  • Millennium Park
    Kimberly Shah
    5 Sep 05, 2013

    Stretching from Randolph St. to Roosevelt Rd. and Michigan Ave. to Lakeshore Drive, you could spend an entire weekend in this area only and not be at loss of what to do!

    I went on an adventure with the goal of staying within the parameters of Randolph to Monroe St. and Michigan Ave. to Columbus Dr.. This park area is known as Millennium Park, home to the famous Bean sculpture, Crown Fountain and Pritkzer Pavilion. Summertime is when this park comes full to like with children playing in the Fountain, picture posers snapping shots of their reflection in the Bean and free concerts and movies filling the Pavilion every evening.

    First, I would like to start with, if you are the anti-corporate world of sponsorships from companies such as Boeing, Chase, McDonalds, Wrigley & Exelon, this is not the park for you. However it is companies like these and family donors who allow this park to be one the grand gems of this wonderful city.

    Crown Fountain, a piece of interactive art video sculpture by Jaume Plensa is filled with water, lights and children of all ages splashing and cooling themselves on a hot summer day. A piece in the beginning, that was resisted and disliked by many locals has become dear to our hearts, as one cannot resist the joy and laughter this Fountain brings to many children.

    The Bean – who knew it’s real name is Cloud Gate?! By artist Anish Kapoor, this stainless steel reflective sculpture gives off a stunning reflection of the city’s old skyline off Michigan Ave. You can experience a kaleidoscope of people as you walk through the center of this piece. Controversy struck, not because of the design, but the original cost for this art piece was to be 6 million dollars. 7 years after the proposal and completion of the shiny bean shaped sculpture came with a price tag of 23 million dollars.

    Lurie Garden is a stunning 5-acre perennial garden is surrounded by skyline views of buildings that span over 150 years of Chicago history. It is constantly changing throughout the seasons, with daily free tours and workshops, there is much to see and do within this area of the park.

    The sound of music can be heard throughout the day as the Chicago Symphony practices for their evening performance at the Pritzker Pavilion for the Grant Park Music Festival. This amazing structure was designed by Frank Gehry looks like wrapped ribbons of stainless steel. The Great Lawn is filled with blankets and picnics baskets in the evening as couples sip on wine and kids play tag, music fills the air and people of all ages relax and enjoy the sounds of classical music.

    This park is filled with so much to do within such a small amount of space, how can you not love what this city has to offer? This is just a small scratch on the surface – totaling 4 city blocks.

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    5 Sep 04, 2013

    Millenium Park makes the downtown shore really interesting. There's a lot going on in the area. The "Bean" is a huge, steel sculpture polished such that its seams disappear. When clean, it's fantastic.

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    Eduardo Sasso
    4 Jun 17, 2014

    Probably the most famous landmark of Chicago. Full of turists most of the time but definitely a nice piece of art to appreciate when going to Chicago for the first time.

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  • Millennium Park
    Snave Legrev
    5 Aug 16, 2014

    What a fun park. Everywhere you look the are huge buildings scraping the sky. It's Chicago, it's big, it's amazing. The walk to the park is what makes the experience even more wild. To come out of the concrete jungle to see this open space is just awe inspiring. The park itself is quite kid safe and full of things to see, do and explore.

    If you have the time to spend 2 or 3 hours, you'll be rewarded with the full experience of wandering across the bridges, down the paths and past all the monuments. It's a very kid friendly experience.

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    4 Aug 18, 2014

    Great place to spend an afternoon. Bring a picnic and spread out on the lawn. Unless of course there's a free concert going on there, in which case you're in for an even better treat. "The Bean" and the "Water Towers" in the park will delight anyone of any age.

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    Derek D
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    4 Oct 11, 2013

    One of the main tourist attractions in Chicago. The park is beautiful, always something going on. Great for people watching!

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    4 Jun 26, 2013

    One , if not the biggest tourist attraction in Chicago is the infamous " Bean", but with good reason! The Bean who's real name is " Cloud Gate" in a now legendary part of Chicago and a great way to see free art, as well as a distorted and mirrored view of the Chicago skyline.

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Description

Millennium Park is a large public park in Chicago, Illinois. It is the most famous section of Grant Park, and is home to most of the park’s attraction highlights, namely the Cloud Gate sculpture. The park is one of the largest green roofs in the world, as it was built on top of parking garages and a railroad yard. Chicagoans take great pride in the park, and no expense is spared in keeping it clean and trim.

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