Explore Chicago: Millennium Park

January 24, 2015

The Cloud Gate in Millennium ParkKnown as the Central Park of Chicago, Millennium Park is a lively gathering destination located in the heart of the city. Residents and visitors are welcome to visit the park’s free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, activities and more. This winter, put on your coat and grab some hot chocolate to explore the city’s favorite park.

Visitors come from all over to visit the park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. For the last 13 years, this rink has attracted more than 100,000 skaters. The rink is free and open to the public with skate rentals for only $12 and is located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Street. If you are interested, skating lessons are held for free on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays one hour before the rink opens. If you are looking for other activities for you and your family, the McDonald’s Cycle Center offers bicycle rentals, bike tours and Segway Tours. Put on your helmet and explore Millennium Park in style!

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium ParkMillennium Park is home to some of the city’s most well-known art and architecture. The Cloud Gate is one of the most iconic architectural components of this park. This 110-ton sculpture, commonly referred to as the ‘Chicago Bean,’ is made from highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect Chicago’s famous skyline. The 12-foot-high arch provides a “gate” allowing visitors to walk beneath this modern sculpture. Not only is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion an outdoor concert venue, the eye-catching structure features a unique roof-like structure with criss-crossing stainless steel ribbons. For an eclectic exhibition, the Boeing Galleries hosts modern and contemporary art located on the north and south sides of the park.

Staying true to the city’s motto, “City in a Garden,” Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden is a beautiful and tranquil retreat. The garden is living art throughout the different seasons. During the winter, plants capture snow and ice creating stunning art forms. In the spring and summer, flowers are blooming welcoming bird songs and butterflies. A dramatic 15-foot hedge is lit protecting the garden on two sides, and a hardwood bridge over shallow water allows visitors to explore the park even more. With different colors and textures, your eyes will be drawn to this park’s urban oasis.

What is your favorite thing to do at Millennium Park? Let us know in a COMMENT below!


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