Millennium Park ranks tops for locals and tourists alike thanks to world-class architecture and engaging sculptures.
Millennium Park is located in the northwest corner of Grant Park and is one of Chicago’s most sought-out destinations. Designed to celebrate the year 2000 (hence the name), the park combines green space, recreation and performance areas, sculpture, gardens and interactive art for a truly unique atmosphere. Its two most iconic features are Anish Kapoor’s stainless steel “Cloud Gate” sculpture (better known as The Bean), and the Crown Fountain. The former is one of the most popular (and selfie-friendly) attractions in Chicago, while the latter comprises two 50-foot-tall glass-brick sculptures that feature video projections of faces of locals—and the occasional stream of water spurting from their mouths. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, meanwhile, is a work of art in itself—a sprawling outdoor pavilion featuring brushed-steel panels and floating metal beams (not surprising, given that Frank Gehry designed it). The futuristic bandshell is a trellis of crisscrossing steel pipes that complement the pavilion's sound system, resulting in amazing acoustics for concerts, plays, movie nights and even yoga classes. In the winter, park-goers ice-skate at the plaza next to “Cloud Gate.” Rent a pair of skates and join in the fun, or just watch from the sidelines—preferably with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee from the adjacent Park Grill.
- Half a mile south of Millennium Park is the grand Buckingham Fountain, a popular destination for picnicking, resting one’s feet and peoplewatching.
- The Art Institute of Chicago. Adjacent to the park is the home of the second-largest collection of French Impressionist paintings in the world (think Claude Monet and Edgar Degas), along with thousands of other must-see pieces.
- State Street: Two blocks west of the park you’ll find dozens of retail stores and the iconic Chicago Theater, easily spotted thanks to its distinctive marquee shouting the city’s name in colored lights.
If You Go
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
6 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily
Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Brown, Pink and Purple train lines. Bus lines 3, 4, 6, 14, 29, 56, 60, 124, 147, 151 and 157. Weekday rush periods: take buses 26 and 148.
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Where to stay
Known for its incredible design by famed architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, the hotel is positioned in the heart of downtown Chicago and is just minutes from the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and Millennium Park. The hotel’s amenities include spa services, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a rooftop outdoor pool, and a manicured lifestyle garden.
Only 20 minutes from O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Radisson Hotel Schaumburg is a great location for either leisure or business travels. The hotel offers a shuttle, fitness center, on-site restaurant and bar, and meeting facilities.
There are many Country Inn & Suites surrounding the Chicago area, ensuring that you can choose the exact location that is right for you. Enjoy complimentary hot breakfast, free high-speed internet, shuttle service, an indoor pool, and a fitness center.