Guest Author - P. J. Deneen
Chicagoís Millennium Park is a marvel of art and architecture, nature and entertainment contained within a 24.5-acre parcel of land. Itís a wonderland of experience that is truly an achievement worthy of the city it represents.
Plans for the park as it stands today were started in 1998, and it was opened in 2004. It not only has attracted visitors, artists and musicians from around the world but has also encouraged business growth in the area including that of restaurants and hotels.
Music is one of the biggest attractions drawing on Chicagoís well-known musical heritage. But jazz and blues arenít all thatís served up in the parkís many venues. Gospel, world, classical and rock are just a few of the genres to be heard there.
A visit to the park wouldnít be complete without taking in the sculpture and architecture that practically shapes the park itself. While itís hard to pick the most memorable piece, the Crown Fountain has to be right there at the top of the list.
The fountain was designed by artist Jaume Plensa. It is a modern take on the water-spouting gargoyle fountains of the past and consists of two 50-foot glass towers that project the images of Chicago citizens with the water coming out of their mouths.
Nature blends beautifully with technology in the Lurie Garden. The design of the many aspects of the garden pays tribute to Chicagoís industry framed by greenery, a boardwalk, and special lighting.
Some of the other features of the park include a skating rink, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, BP Pedestrian Bridge and the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance.
Imagine having your wedding reception take place in such a magnificent setting. Private events are accommodated by the park staff including weddings, corporate meetings, holiday, and charity events. Visit the link below to learn more.
Millennium Park is located in the Loop Community in the heart of downtown Chicago. Admission is free and visitors are encouraged to visit the welcome center where guides will help them make the most out of their park experience.
For more information, visit the Millenium Park website or call (312-742-1168).
Photo credit: Sculpture near the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Wikimedia Commons, public domain 2009.
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