Located in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois, Millennium Park is a vast public space featuring cutting-edge architecture, inspiring landscapes, cultural programs, and performing arts (both in venues and in open public spaces). Intended as a tribute to the 2000 millennial year, the park was eventually opened in July of 2004, and has since been met with critical acclaim and millions of annual visitors. Interestingly, the park is considered the world's largest rooftop garden, since it is built upon both a parking garage and Millennium Station.
The annual Grant Park Music Festival, held in either the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or the Harris Theater, features the Grant Park Chorus, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, and many guest artists/performers. Opened in 2003, the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance has become Chicago's preeminent venue for touring performing artists. The Park's first open attraction, the McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink, hosts many events in addition to its very popular annual four-month stint as an outdoor skating rink.
Admission to te park is free, while tickets for on-site performing arts vary and can be confirmed by calling (312) 742-1168 for current information.
Best time to visit
From mid-November to mid-March, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink offers free public outdoor ice skating
Near by POI
The Art Institute of Chicago's West Pavilion of the Modern Wing is reachable via The Nichols Bridgeway. Wrigley Square lies in the northwest corner of the Park, and contains the Millennium Monument, an arc of Greek Doric-style columns that pay tribute to Grant Park's early twentieth century architecture.