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Millennium Park, Chicago

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Start your tour of Chicago at Millennium Park, considered one of the largest roof gardens in the world. Sitting atop a railroad yard and a network of underground parking garages, the park features several artistic highlights, most notably the popular "Bean," a legume-shaped, stainless-steel sculpture designed by artist Anish Kapoor. The sculpture's surfaces reflect and distort the city's skyline, making it a favorite backdrop for photographs. Don't miss the 15 m (50 ft) video sculpture/fountain, composed of black granite and light-emitting diodes that display digital images of Chicagoans puckering their lips and appearing to spit water. Take a look at our Chicago day trip app to schedule your visit to Millennium Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Place was big. Had plenty of photo shoot spots to take. Its very windy because it is very near the lake. The bean is big enough to take that shot from any angle. El lugar era grande. TenĂ­a muchos luga...  more »
  • We were at the beginning of December and take the park with and without snow, it was really beautiful. Depending on where your hotel, you spent for it more than once and will prefer to enter and walk through it.
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  • Especially lovely when the weather is warm, Millennium Park is a great outdoors area for family and friends to gather, have picnics, listen to outdoor concerts (check out the current schedule of conce...  more »
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  • This is a Very nice park especially if you are a Tourist in Chicago. They set Giant Christmas Trees in Winter and Ice Skating during winter. Cloud Gate Bean is so huge and fun to spend some time around it. There are lots of people in the park all the time. Christmas Lights are also pretty. There is always some even going on during weeks and It's fun to spend some time around the park.
  • Great Outdoor Experience! Tons of crowds, because it was the holiday weekend, but we were able to move freely and see all the sights. They're beautiful walkways and Pathways around the park, tons of small exhibits to see, we even ran into an unexpected Art Exhibit made out of recycled tires! Excellent views of the city beautiful nature and great sculptures. Definitely go see cloud gate! It's also known as The Bean, but it was a fantastic experience and a lot of fun for the kids!
  • Millennium Park is probably the most popular park in Chicago. It has a lot to offer, from movies, to a water park, to a calm river. It's definitely a great tourist attraction if you're stopping in the city for a little bit. It's also a nice place for people from the Greater Chicagoland area to go hang out and see a nice place. Some other good parts are the Bean, the kids shelter, and the food places (be warned, they are a bit expensive). Overall, Millennium Park is a great place to have a good time.
  • Millennium park is a great urban park rivaled by few others in the world. On the west side you have a beautiful view of Chicago and it's glorious architecture and the east side enjoys the lake. The park is a busy place much of the time, so you'll need to select your visit time based on how busy you prefer the park to be. Work hours are often quieter and better for more reflective moments. The play ground is amazing and can keep children busy for hours, but you must stay near your children and keep an active eye on them on weekends - it's simply to busy to let them wonder off. The theater shell is a lovely place for concerts with a large blanket / picnic area behind it. Be sure to bring bug repellent - it's not a problem, but you are near the lake. Notable performances can be seen here, so be on the look out.
  • Millennium Park was a perfect location to take our friends visiting from out of town. The park was decorated beautifully for the holidays, and it was clean and well kept up. We found it very easy to get around to the various areas including the bean and the Music Theater and the ice skating rink. The ice skating was reasonably priced at $11 per skates and the rest rooms were clean and easy to locate. I highly recommend Millennium Park for anyone visiting the great city of Chicago

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