The Sights and History of Millennium Park
When springtime comes, droves of people across the Midwest and around the world head to the Chicago, and Shoreline Sightseeing can bring you the vibrant colors of spring in Chicago like no one else. Choose one of our Chicago River Tours or one of our Architecture Tours to cruise through the city and along the shores of Lake Michigan. From the comfort of our cruise boats, you will learn all about the rich history of the Windy City, including attractions such as Millennium Park.
The History of Millennium Park
Designed to celebrate the beginning of the new millennium, Millennium Park is an expansive public greenway located in the Chicago Loop area. The park covers nearly 25 acres of the northwestern section of Grant Park and replaced industrial areas and rail yards with walking paths and other public attractions designed to celebrate the city and its citizens.
Millennium Park is considered by many to be one of Chicago’s most important public projects, bringing positive attention to the city by providing its residents an award-winning open space to gather in while taking in sweeping views of the city skyline and lake shore.
Millennium Park is an uniquely inclusive park, offering visitors the chance to enjoy the many appealing features of this space. With more than a dozen permanent attractions and regular events taking place throughout the year, Millennium Park is truly a gathering place for the people, with attractions such as:
- The Jay Pritzker Pavilion – Considered the centerpiece of Millennium Park, this open-air space with a bandshell designed by Frank Gehry is home to the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and the Grant Park Music Festival during the summer.
- Cloud Gate, a.k.a. “The Bean” – Residing in the AT&T Plaza is a three-story, polished steel sculpture rounded like a legume. This interactive piece is the first public work of artist Anish Kapoor and is a hotspot for taking pictures.
- McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink and Park Grill – The McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink is a multipurpose venue that was the first park attraction to open to the public on December 20, 2001.
- Crown Fountain – The Crown Fountain is composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of 50-foot tall transparent glass brick towers that use light-emitting diodes behind the bricks to display digital images.
- Lurie Garden – The Lurie Garden is a 2.5-acre public garden that is a combination of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees and is the featured nature component of the world’s largest green roof.
Let Shoreline Sightseeing Bring You the Best of Chicago
Shoreline Sightseeing can get to close to some of the most popular Chicago attractions, including Millennium Park. To learn more about any of our Lake or River Tours, visit us online. Book your tour now, and see Chicago in one of the most spectacular ways possible during your visit to the Windy City.