Millennium Park is a 24.5 acre park that is park of Grant Park. Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. The park is open daily from 6am-11pm. Map here. Webcams
Head over to the park and take some time to discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provides the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities.
Head over to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion:
- Bring your lunch and dine alfresco on the great lawn. Check out the Grant Park Orchestra Lunchtime rehearsals.
- Or grab your chair, wine and dinner and attend one of thirty free concerts this season. Check out the Free Wednesday evening concerts and Free Friday and Saturday evening concerts.
- Check out free concerts Mondays and Thursdays through August 25.
Walk through and check out the current art exhibitions:
Located on both the north and south sides of the Park, the galleries provide a high quality historical, social and cultural context of the art and architecture of our time.
- Boeing Gallery (South) and Boeing Gallery (North) – Chakaia Booker Exhibition April 30, 2016-April 2018,6 am–11 pm. Millennium Park will unveil six recent sculptures by American artist Chakaia Booker in a new exhibition in the Boeing Galleries—running April 30, 2016, through April 2018. A seventh, site-responsive sculpture (a new work) will be added in September 2016 in the South Boeing Gallery.
- Walk the 925-foot-long winding BP Bridge, Frank Gehry’s bridge connecting Millennium Park to the new Maggie Daley Park. Check out the views of the Chicago skyline, Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
Chase Promenade -Take a walk down the three-block-long walkway lined by nearly 200 trees,. The walkway spans the center of Millennium Park from Monroe to Randolph streets.
- Watch the sky float by in the Cloud Gate (the Bean) sculpture’s stainless steel plates, check out the distorted reflections on one of the most popular elements of the park.
- Watch the faces change by day or night at the Crown Fountain. In summer bring the kids to splash in the fountain.
- Excelon Pavilions – Two of the four pavilions reside on the Randolph side of the park. The northwest pavilion (one of the black cubes) houses the Millennium Park Welcome Center, along with an Exelon solar energy display area. Make the Welcome Center your first stop when you arrive at the Park, and meet with a visitor specialist to help plan your visit. Millennium Park Welcome Center, 201 E. Randolph St., 312.742.2963. Open daily from 9am-7pm through Sept. 30. Daily hours after Sept. 30: 10am-4pm.
- Harris Theater: From September to May, the non-profit Harris Theater partners with Chicago’s performing arts and cultural institutions, bringing music and dance to the public. Learn how to get discount tickets here.
- Nichols Bridgeway – Located on the southeast side of the park accessible from the Great Lawn at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion take a walk up the 625 foot long bridge to the terrace on the Modern Wing of the Art Institute.
Check out the fabulous views of the Lurie Garden, the Lake and the city. The Art Institute is free to Illinois residents (with ID) on Thursday evenings from 5PM-8PM.
- Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument (Peristyle) – this replica to the original peristyle commemorates all the patrons who donated to make Millennium Park possible or relax on the lawn or stroll the paths.