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Millennium Park

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Grant Park, Chicago
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  • William S.
    Free concerts during the summer, the Cloud Gate (or how most people say, the Bean) and the "water buildings" are unique sights!
  • Maike P.
    The fountains do sometimes spill water but don't ask anyone when .. I don't think there's a system behind it ;) just grab yourself a coffee or so and chill there ! :)
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJanuary 7
    Winter is finally here and what better way to celebrate the cold by going for a spin on Chicago's most popular ice skating rink in Millenium Park! The views on the city's skyline are gorgeous!
  • Cannnnn
    CannnnnAugust 29, 2015
    Excellent park in the heart of the city. Very kid friendly. Saw many children playing in the unique fountains. The "Bean" sculpture is located here and is a great selfie opportunity.
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie MannAugust 21, 2015
    The free events here in the summer are awesome, although trying to enjoy the park otherwise can be hard during tourist season. The beat time is fall or spring early in the morning- no one's there!
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AggenAugust 21, 2015
    Opened on July 6, 2004, it is home of the famous "Cloud Gate", aka "The Bean". Must See: The Crown Fountain, where the kids can cool off on a hot day.
  • Kira S.
    Kira SimpsonJuly 21, 2015
    Playa restaurant is cool. Got the smoked turkey. It was so good! They had a cool little band performing.Our waiter Steven was awesome!
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie G.July 4, 2015
    What's good at Millennium Park? Being in good company, scenic views, concerts, restaurant, summer movies.....and of course, the jelly bean.
  • Aprile E.
    Aprile ElcichJune 18, 2015
    This park, whoa. I wish all cities had something as amazing as this. The bean is busy, the gardens at the back are really lovely.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel StarksMay 25, 2015
    This is an essential part of Chicago as a city, just as the Arch is to St. Louis. Make sure to take a million pictures because at every angle the city looks different.
  • Jessy K.
    Jessy KingApril 14, 2015
    worth the stop if you are in the area. so much to see and do. research parking or come on foot--the garage is a hefty sum. we paid $25 for less than 20 minutes.
  • John B.
    John BroccardoFebruary 7, 2015
    Great walking paths, and scenic views. Also you can enter the art museum from here through the modern wing entrance, which always has a considerably shorter wait. Must see tourist spot.
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KDecember 28, 2014
    Head towards the lakefront to discover a huge (and seemingly new) set of playgrounds. Kids will love the slides and climbing equipment.
  • Brian E.
    Brian EssexSeptember 30, 2014
    I gave my brother "bean" cuff links to wear on his wedding. They were made by the same artist as this sculpture. It's pretty nice having a monumental reminder of a special day!
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarterAugust 13, 2014
    Cloudgate is really cool (The Bean). The concerts and movies are great. It's a beautiful venue. But the best part of the whole park might be the garden.
  • The Vision Council
    The Vision CouncilJuly 1, 2014
    As a hub for family activities & cultural programs, this is a cool place to visit! Just remember your shades - UV strength peaks at solar noon, but b/w 10am-2pm, sunglasses are especially essential.
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AggenApril 1, 2014
    Opened on July 6, 2004, it is home of the famous "Cloud Gate", aka "The Bean". Must See: The Crown Fountain, where the kids can cool off on a hot day.
  • Brett W.
    Brett W.October 10, 2013
    Consisting of 24.5 acres, the park was built above rail yards. It is home to the Cloud Gate sculpture (known as “the bean”) by Anish Kapoor and the Jay Pritzker Music Pavilion designed by Frank Gehry.
  • veronique @ zaptravel.com ..
    The Millennium Park is a cosmopolitan assortment of sculptural, architectural, and landscaping elements from some of the world’s most accomplished designers.
  • Barton S.
    Barton StaffordJuly 5, 2013
    Appreciate the sculpture for it is really an amazing piece. It'll always be crowded there so be patient ✌
  •  Drew B.
     Drew BruneApril 26, 2013
    While pretty, the park is a political boondoggle, the park's original $150M budget bloomed to ~$475M due to "poor planning, many design changes, and cronyism." Ah, Chicago!
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CarrApril 13, 2013
    Millennium Park is probably one of my favorite places to go in Chicago. Gorgeous walking trails, fantastic sculptors, and generally a great way to meet creative people. It's awesome!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Local desk jockeys and day-trippers alike love this 24.5 acre-park filled with architecture, gardens, fountains, and sculptures galore. – Green Guide Editor
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
    Take a stroll through Millennium Park, one of Chicago's most amazing venues. Marvel at the sculptures, walk through the Cloud Gate and catch yourself in the 'The Bean's' reflection Read more
  • M Lauren H.
    M Lauren HillFebruary 8, 2013
    The Bean is all part of the Chicago experience. Do make your way there with camera in hand and to Henri across the street afterward. A must on your next Windy City trip!
  • Vishal D.
    Vishal DoshiDecember 16, 2012
    Buy your own skates, if you want to skate a lot! As rentals are for $10. If you have your own pair, you can skate for free!
  • VegNews Magazine
    VegNews MagazineOctober 30, 2012
    Have you ever seen a colossal-sized silver bean smack dab in the middle of a city? In Chicago, you will! Enjoy the cliché of taking a picture of yourself in the reflection.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanSeptember 8, 2012
    Part of 319-acre Grant Park, Chicago's Millennium Park features brilliant yet also accessible (and even family-friendly) public art. Highlights include Cloud Gate, Crown Fountain, Pritzker Pavillion.
  • MetroSeeker.com
    MetroSeeker.comAugust 24, 2012
    A beautiful place to enjoy downtown Chicago and watch the citizens of the world pass by. Make sure you go under/inside Cloud Gate. It's amazing!
  • Grant Park Music Festival
    Be sure to check out the GPMF open rehearsals, typically Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00AM-1:30PM & 3:00PM-5:30PM, and Fridays from 11:00AM-1:30PM.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    his city-sponsored venue hosts world-music and jazz shows in a beautifully designed bandshell in Millennium Park. The city curates indie gigs in the summer in its killer Downtown Sound series.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureMay 29, 2012
    Don’t miss The Gage, a popular gastropub just steps away from the park, for hearty menu items such as caramelized lobster and dry-aged Manhattan steak. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 23, 2012
    This city-sponsored venue hosts world-music and jazz shows in a beautifully designed bandshell in Millennium Park. The city curates indie gigs in the summer in its killer Downtown Sound series.-ASK Read more
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzApril 15, 2012
    Popular park with art everywhere, an outdoor skating rink in the winter, an amphitheater and the peace of art that everyone gravitates towards, the "Bean". It will draw you in to check out.
  • Julius S.
    Julius S.March 13, 2012
    Such an amazing park. Parking underground is worth it if you are going to walk around Chicago. Leave your car and walk/take other transportation. of course visit THE BEAN!
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchNovember 17, 2011
    Some of our favorite public art is located in Millennium Park. Be sure to stop by Cloud Gate, locally called “The Bean”, and Crown Fountain.
  • I Wanna Go There
    I Wanna Go ThereNovember 2, 2011
    GO SEE Millennium Park! It's in the heart of downtown Chicago and one of the MAJOR tourist attractions. There you'll see the famous Cloud Gate sculpture, which looks like a huge chrome bean Read more
  • TopGolf Bear
    TopGolf BearSeptember 28, 2011
    Go see “The Bean,” take a pic and enjoy the green refuge from city life. I try not to go often, too much paparazzo. It’s like they’ve never seen a bear before.
  • Ruben C.
    Ruben Cisneros PerezSeptember 19, 2011
    Take the time to walk it all, there's more than just the fountains and sculptures. I walked all the way down to the Aquarium, by the Michigan Lake Shore and up to the Pier place! enjoy 24.5 acres!
  • DHR.com
    DHR.comSeptember 12, 2011
    A public park for the whole family, and definitely a Chicago must-visit! Highlights are the Crown Fountain, a public art and video sculpture; and the stainless steel Cloud Gate. Admission is free!
  • InterContinental Chicago
    InterContinental ChicagoSeptember 8, 2011
    Free summer concerts at the Pritzker Pavilion, people-watching on the lawns, the Cloud Gate (a.k.a. "The Bean"), Harris Theater...Millennium Park has it all!
  • Walgreens
    WalgreensAugust 4, 2011
    Need a snack for the park? The Walgreens on the southwest corner of Michigan & Washington (across the street) has fresh fruit, sandwiches, a soda fountain, and water bottles. Enjoy the park!
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzJuly 31, 2011
    A wonderful place for a concert, but it's even a lot of fun to just lay on the grass & read a book on your workday lunch hour.
  • Parents Magazine
    Parents MagazineJuly 18, 2011
    American Baby reader Liz Zorek’s 2-year-old daughter Anna loves playing in the funny fountain. It’s a great place to cool off on hot summer days.
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 17, 2010
    Cloud Gate is a three-story steel sculpture that has been dubbed "The Bean" by Chicagoans, because of its legume-like shape. The sculpture is the first public artwork in the United States by world-ren
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoSeptember 24, 2010
    The weekend event includes food, wine, spirits and beer tastings, celebrity chef demos and educational seminars from gourmet chefs. Be sure to check out the Grand Cru wine tasting on Saturday. Read more
  • Ivan I.
    Ivan IsiacsMay 17, 2010
    Go here when in summer when the sun is shinning and the birds are a singing. go to the garden and take the snake bridge. The bean is stupid.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    First planned in 1997 to create new parkland in Grant Park & transform unsightly railroad tracks & parking lots, the Park has evolved into one of the most significant millennium projects in the world.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BottiglieroMarch 9, 2010
    Ice skate in the winter, beer garden in the summer. Park Grill, the "Bean", Park Grill, Pritzker Pavillion- free bands and festivals. What's not to like? Read more
  • Ryan
    RyanMarch 6, 2010
    When photographing the bean, be sure to try and get some wide shots. You'll be able to appreciate the size of the thing better, as well as include all the spectators in the shot.
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