When Millennium Park first began construction in 1998, it was to replace a space previously occupied by derelict rail yards and underused parking lots. Construction finished in July of 2004, and it has been a hub for tourists and Chicago residents alike.
A host to many attractions, Millennium Park is considered one of Chicago’s most important cultural landmarks despite its relatively brief existence. Visitors are encouraged to check out its world-renowned sculpture, “The Bean”, enjoy a free concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, or bring their kids to the Crown Fountain for a dip in the shallow reflecting pool. To celebrate Millennium Park’s 10th anniversary, a variety of events to commemorate the anniversary and end to the summer will be staged in these park highlights. Some of these events include:
- The Chicago Jazz Festival: Taking place at various locations throughout the city on August 28-31, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a celebration of jazz music and its evolution over the years. The festival is free to attend and will feature various acts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park during all four days.
- 20th Anniversary Sones de Mexico Ensemble Performance: Hailing from Chicago and nominated for a Grammy two times in a row, the Sones de Mexico Ensemble will be playing a show at 7 p.m. on Wednesday September 3, 2014 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion for free. This performance is being co-presented alongside the National Museum of Mexican Art’s Sor Juana Festival, so expect a fun-filled evening of culture and sound!
- Fifth Star Awards: This free public celebration of Chicago’s own artists and art institutions will be taking place on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The Fifth Star Awards recognizes those who have made tremendous contributions to the Chicago art scene. This event will have a list of feature performers and honorees as the date draws near.
Experience Millennium Park and Other Chicago Landmarks
There is no better way to say goodbye to summer than by visiting Millennium Park during its 10th anniversary and taking part in these events, among many others! However, if you would like to see what else Chicago has to offer, choose a Shoreline Tour and see the Windy City like you’ve never seen it before.