Just a short walk from our office is Chicago's newest gem of a park, featuring the Pritzker Pavillion created by Frank Gerhy, the cascading waters of the Crown Fountain towers, and the famous Cloud Gate sculpture nicknamed "The Bean" by locals and visitors alike which has become an icon for the city of Chicago. Millenium Park was opened in 2004 and hailed by many as the most important project in Chicago since the World's Colombian Exposition (Chicago's World Fair) in 1893. In 2015, the park became the center of the city's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
The crown jewel of Millenium Park is a sculpture completed in 2006 by Anish Kapoor titled "Cloud Gate," but is better known by locals and around the globe by its affectionate nickname "the Bean." Made up of 168 highly reflective stainless steel plates welded together perfectly with no seams, the structure weighs 110 tons and is 66 feet long. No trip to Chicago is complete without taking a reflective photo beneath this iconic sculpture. In addition to the Bean, Millenium Park is home to outdoor photograph exhibitions, an indoor bike station, Wrigley Square, a pedestrian bridge linking to Maggie Daley Park, and so much more to explore.
6:00 am – 11:00 pm, daily
The closest L station to the north end of Millenium Park is Randolph/Wabash (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple lines)
The closest station to the south end is Adams/Wabash (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple lines)
Public Entrance Fees