Millennium Park

- Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, Crown Fountain, Millennium Monument,
Lurie Gardens, Grant Park, Aon Center

The Northernmost part of Grant Park , just next to South Michigan Avenue is called Millennium Park. It was built to celebrate the new millennium and replaced old railway tracks and parking lots. It was opened in 2004, 4 years behind schedule. The park is a very popular tourist attraction, since it boasts some very special sculptures and structures; Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor is since 2004 one of Chicago's most famous symbols. The 10m high sculpture, nicknamed "the Bean", is a reflective steel face that resembles liquid mercury, that refelects the visitors and the surrounding skyline. Millennium Monument is a neo-classicistic monument at Wrigley Square at the Northern end of the park.

Crown Fountain is two square shaped, interactive block sculptures that occasionally cascades water, projecting faces of different Chicago citizens on its screens. Betweent them is a granite reflecting pool, a popular place to get cool warm summerdays. Crown Fountain was designed by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion is an outdoor music theater in Millennium Park, that was designed by Frank Gehry and consists of playful shapes. It was classified as a work of art to avoid heigh restrictions. It was named after Jay Prizker, co-founder of the Hyatt Hotels. Everything from rock to opera is performed at the Pritzker Pavilion. Harris Theater is its indoor complement.

The curvy, futuristic BP Pedestrian Bridge and the Nichols Bridgeway connect Millennium Park with other parts of Grant Park.

Lurie Garden is the world's largest green roof. Art Institute of Chicago borders Millennium Park to the South. Randolph Street, where you find some of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers, like Aon Center and Two Prudential Plaza, is bordering the park to the North. These skyscrapers are reflected in Cloud Gate. Since 2010 there is also a 71-storey skyscraper that bare the name of the park and was built right next to it; Legacy at Millennium Park. Since 2015 Millennium Park is the place for the annual official christmas tree lighting.

 

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