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Millennium Park

The #1 tourist attraction in the Midwest!

Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities. In Millennium Park, you’ll find a new kind of town square – a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and a destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike.

Arts & Architecture

The art and architecture in Millennium Park continues to define it as one of the world’s leading authorities on public art in an outdoor urban setting. Among the surrounding city streets, calm, refuge, and reflection can be experienced inside of its four perimeters. It is here that each visitor can indulge in a unique artistic experience while being able to admire the Chicago skyline as a subtle backdrop.

Highlights

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion is Millennium Park’s revolutionary outdoor concert venue with a state-of-the-art sound system, the first of its kind in the country, designed to mimic the acoustics of an indoor concert hall by distributing enhanced sound equally over both the fixed seats and the lawn. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is home to the Grant Park Music Festival and other free concerts and events.
  • Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work installed in the United States. Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high and locals have affectionately nicknamed it “The Bean.”
  • Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park is a major addition to the city's world-renowned public art collection. The fountain’s water features operate during the year between mid-spring and mid-fall, while the images remain on view year-round.
  • The Lurie Garden pays homage to the City's motto, "Urbs in Horto" (City in a Garden), which refers to Chicago's transformation from its flat and marshy origins to a bold and powerful city. Highlights of the garden include the dramatically lit, 15-foot-high “shoulder” hedge. This physical representation of Carl Sandburg’s famous description of the “City of Big Shoulders” encloses the garden on two sides and protects the delicate perennial garden. A graceful hardwood footbridge over shallow water divides the garden diagonally between “light” and “dark” plates.
  • Located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street, the tree-lined area of Wrigley Square in Millennium Park is an inviting open space for visitors to relax on the lawn or stroll paths. The square is anchored by the Millennium Monument (Peristyle), a nearly full-sized replica of the original peristyle that stood in the same location between 1917 and 1953.
  • The formal Boeing Galleries in Millennium Park are a home for modern and contemporary art, where visitors can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists. Located on both the north and south sides of the Park, the galleries provide a high quality historical, social and cultural context of the art and architecture of our time.

Visitor Information

Millennium Park is open daily from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm. At this time, all restrooms, The Park Grill Café outdoor plaza, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Welcome Center, the Great Lawn, and the BP Bridge between Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park remain closed.

Guests are asked to enter and exit only at Michigan Avenue/Washington Street, Michigan Avenue/Madison Street and Randolph Street/North Promenade. All entrance/exits have accessible ramps. 

Guests are urged to enjoy the park safely, and signage will be posted to remind everyone of important safety measures.

  • Face coverings are required
  • Maintain physical distance of 6 feet (2 meters) apart
  • Do not gather in groups of more than 10 persons
  • Follow recommendations from the Chicago Department of Public Health — wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands and cover your noses and mouths when sneezing or coughing
  • Stay home if you feel unwell
Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park | WhereTraveler
Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (©Diego Delso/Wikimedia Commons)
Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millennium Park | WhereTraveler
Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millennium Park (©JR P/flickr)
Wrigley Square in Millennium Park | WhereTraveler
Wrigley Square in Millennium Park (©Ken Lund/flickr)
Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | WhereTraveler
Lurie Garden in Millennium Park (©Torsodog/Wikimedia Commons)

 

Locations

201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
United States