Millennium Park is a must see when visiting Chicago. It houses “Cloud Gate” by: Anish Kapoor (2004). This bean shaped sculpture is one of Chicago’s best known works, often referred to as just “The Bean”. It is astounding and other worldly. You cannot come to Chicago and not see it. It is a rare treat to find a work of art that you are allowed to touch and truly experience. The crowd here can be quite thick because this is a very popular attraction. It is extremely family friendly. There are loads of areas to run and play with your kids. There are places to sit for a quick snack if you want to bring something. Our travel snacks are typically fresh fruit, nuts, and whole wheat crackers. We also always bring our water bottles.
The park also features the BP Bridge, The Crown Fountain, The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and The Lurie Garden. Also do not forget to take the sky walk across to get great photos from the glass encased balcony. This is such an incredible park that you could easily spend a relaxing afternoon taking in all it has to offer.
|Jay Pritzker Pavilion|
After the park we went to see “Large Interior Form” by: Henry Moore. It is in a small garden area. The city is littered with green spaces that house various public art. They are like a small oasis amid the buildings and people. This was a beautiful piece. There are other sculptures in this square. It is a relaxing experience. There were art students napping on benches with their books. This area was not crowded and had a more laid back local feel to it.
|Large Interior Form By Henry Moore|
Next, We walked to the corner of the block to see “The Fountain of the Great Lakes” by: Lorado Taft. This is a large detailed fountain with a big square water area in front of it. The surrounding grounds are set up in a grid formation. It is a nice place to hang out for a few minutes and take a breather. The fountain is circa 1913. It is like looking at a piece of history. Spend a few more minutes in this area and see “Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic” by: Isamu Noguchi (1976). It is on the opposite side of the block. Go East on Jackson and then North on Columbus.
|The Fountain of the Great Lakes by: Lorado Taft (1913)|
Cost: 100% FREE!!
Location: Downtown Chicago in The Loop