Millennium Park

Between Michigan Avenue, Columbus Drive, Randolph Street and Monroe Street

From the 1850s through the late 20th century, the site that is now occupied by Millennium Park was controlled by the Illinois Central Railroad. In Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago he considered the railroad property to be so untouchable that he developed the Grant Park portion of the plan around it. Construction began on Grant Park in 1917.

With the completion of Grant Park, the railroad area remained a blight in its corner. In 1977 four Chicago civic groups proposed the "Lakefront Gardens for the Performing Arts." The proposed park, which included a performing arts pavilion, lacked both a funding strategy and significant government support.

What is now Millennium Park was first conceived in 1998 with the mission of creating new parkland in Grant Park to transform the unsightly railroad tracks and parking lots that had long dotted the lakefront.

Today, with its unprecedented combination of architecture, monumental sculpture and landscape design, the 24.5 acre Millennium Park has become an achievement for Chicago in the tradition of its original founders.

Millennium Park is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design.

Among Millennium Park's prominent features are the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States; the interactive Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa; the contemporary Lurie Garden designed by the team of Kathryn Gustafson, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel; and Anish Kapoor's popular Cloud Gate sculpture on the AT&T Plaza.

Since its opening in July 2004, Millennium Park has hosted millions of people, making it one of the most popular destinations in Chicago.

* Content provided by the Chicago Millennium Park