Millennium Park is a public park and a popular Tourist Attraction located in DownTown Chicago near the shoreline of Lake Michigan. The Park was opened in 2004. It is a part of the larger Grant Park. The Park features attractions like Cloud Gate, Crown Fountain, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Lurie Garden and Nichols Bridgeway. Millennium Park has free admission.
Cloud Gate is a three-story steel sculpture that has more often known as “The Bean” , because of its legume-like shape. The sculpture is the first public artwork in the United States by world-renowned artist Anish Kapoor.
The Crown Fountain is an interactive fountain, named in honor of Chicago’s Crown family and designed by Jaume Plensa. The fountain has a pair of transparent glass brick towers and water cascades down the two towers, spouting through a nozzle on each tower’s front face. Digital videos are displayed on the inward faces of the towers. The water appears to be flowing from a person’s mouth. The park and fountain are open to the public daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Weather permitting, the water operates from May to October. Kids can splash in the fountain and have some fun.
The centerpiece of Millennium Park is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion with 4,000 fixed seats, plus additional lawn seating for 7,000. The Pritzker Pavilion is Grant Park’s outdoor performing arts venue for small events.
Here are some photos from our visit to Millennium Park.
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