Home to the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture—popularly known as "the Bean"—Millennium Park is a must-see destination in Chicago. Located within Grant Park, this famous destination is framed by glistening skyscrapers and serves as both a natural escape and a tribute to the city's artistic culture. The park is actually considered the world's largest rooftop garden since it is on top of a parking garage and train station.
Many of Millennium Park's defining features are works of art themselves, from the intricate trellis over the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion to the Lurie Garden's landscaping. Pack your best walking shoes so you can explore the entire park and its neighbors, such as the Maggie Daley Park across the winding BP Pedestrian Bridge.
Snap a selfie under the mirrored surface of "the Bean" or marvel at the Millennium Monument in Wrigley Square. Each section of Millennium Park has a unique focal point to discover. There's even a heated and air-conditioned bike station in one corner. For a taste of the visual arts, spend a beautiful day touring the outdoor art exhibits at Boeing Galleries and the Chase Promenade. Millennium Park is also a magnificent example of uniting natural elements with modern technology. The Crown Fountain's two huge tower fountains, for example, provide a refreshing spot for visitors to cool off during warmer months as well as free entertainment through the integration of videos and LED lighting. The water looks like it's flowing from the mouths of digital faces that appear on the fountain, providing much amusement for onlookers.
Tune in to seasonal events
While metal artwork and postmodern architecture provide year-round intrigue, Millennium Park also hosts a variety of concerts, performances, exhibits, and events within its lush landscape.
During the winter season, you can spin around the ice at the McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink. The park is also the location of Chicago's Christmas tree lighting in recent years. The Harris Theater offers various live performances indoors and in all seasons, covering everything from dance and jazz to comedy.
In the summer, cool off at the numerous fountains or join in on group summer workouts. Be sure to stop by the Northwest Exelon Pavilion's welcome center for information about the park's calendar of events, which often includes free concerts at Jay Pritzker Pavilion and many other outdoor events. Don't miss the annual 10-week long Grant Park Music Festival!