Monday, August 17, 2015

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Downtown (Loop), IL-Millennium Park

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Downtown (Loop), IL-Millennium Park

Millennium Park is the inspiration for a number major public spaces around the country.  Built over a commuter railroad yard and station, the park started its life way over budget and missing its opening by four years.  Now the park is credited for millions of dollars of new development and promoting Chicago as a major international tourist destination.

Attractions include:
-Crown Fountain: Originally conceived as a quiet place of reflection, it took only a short time before kids discovered you could cool off with all the water.
-Cloud Gate: Also known as The Bean, this major art installation is one of the most photographed parts of Millennium Park.
-Joan W and Irving B Harris Theater for Music and Dance: A year-round theatre built underneath Millennium Park, it is the home for over ten theatre companies.
-Jay Pritzker Pavilion: The signature section of Millennium Park, the Pritzker Pavilion offers over nine months of performances under the glowing Chicago skyline.
-Lurie Garden: This prairie garden is perfect for relaxing and enjoying some peace and quiet in the middle of Chicago.

Address:
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park.html

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