on July 17, 2006
Millennium Park is in the heart of downtown Chicago. It's a 25 acre park that lies in between Randolph, Jackson, Columbus, and Michigan. It sits directly north of the Art Institute of Chicago.The park features art exhibits, music festivals, and a nice restaurant. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is the music soundstage. It was designed by award-winning artist and architect, Frank Gehry. I didn't explore too much of the Pavilion as the staff were busy setting up for a concert.I went to see the Cloud Gallery at the AT&T Plaza (at the front of the park by Michigan Street) It's a mirrored elliptical structure designed by British artist Anish Kapoor. It resembles a glob of liquid mercury. It's very interesting in that it's basically a 360 degree elliptical mirror, offering unique perspectives of the Chicago skyline.There is also the Crown Fountain. It's two 50 foot tall towers of glass blocks. The towers are backlit by LED lights to form faces looking from the inside of the towers. That's a very popular attraction.There are more attractions as well. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to experience all of them. The restaurant at the park is the Park Grill. I was there quite early, so it wasn't open yet, but it looked quite nice inside.I'd definitely go visit the Millennium Park! It's a very interesting, educational, and inspiring look at the city of Chicago.
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