Visiting Millennium Park

The Bean

I spent the weekend in Chicago, also known as the Windy City. I brought Dorian along with me to attend my older brother David’s wedding. Dorian had never been to Chicago before, so we explored the city like tourists.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a public park that spans 24.5 acres. We spent one afternoon in Millennium Park where we walked through the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Lurie Garden before we took a break and enjoyed a drink at one of the outdoor restaurants.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is an outdoor performing arts venue. The stage is framed by curved stainless steel plates. It has 4,000 fixed seats, plus additional lawn seating. The Pavilion hosts a variety of performing art events throughout the year. We saw people laying out on blankets, playing sports, and reading books on nearby benches.

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Lurie Garden

The Lurie Garden is a 2.5 acre public garden on the southern end of Millennium Park. The garden is composed of perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees. It was peaceful as we strolled through the garden looking at the colorful flowers and shrubs.

Boeing Galleries

The Boeing Galleries are outdoor exhibition spaces within Millennium Park. We encountered colorful public art statues throughout the park meant for visitors to experience the works and ideas of living artists.

Cloud Gate Sculpture

Next we went to the Cloud Gate Sculpture also known as ” The Bean”. It has been featured in numerous movies. It is nicknamed the bean for it’s shape, it looks like a giant silver bean. It’s a three story reflective steel sculpture, composed of 168 stainless steel plates welded together. As you can see I got a little creative when I got up close to it.

Crown Fountain

Before we left we watched children play in the Crown Fountain. The Crown Fountain is a public art and video sculpture. It is a huge black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of black brick towers. Faces are displayed on the towers via digital video and water can be seen spouting out of a nozzle on each towers face.

Again, Millennium park spans 24.5 acres. This is only a glimpse of all we could of seen. I look forward to visiting Chicago again soon, in order to explore the rest of the park. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. If you have any questions please comment down below.

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