Millennium Park

Designers: Various | City: Chicago, IL | Project Type: large park
Date Visited: 10.21.12

Location: 201 E Randolph St Chicago, IL 60601
Size: 24.5 acres
Cost: $13.2 million
Official Opening Date: July 16th, 2004

As part of Chicago’s grand Grant Park, Millennium Park makes a bold statement with its award-winning public art installations, the beautiful Lurie Garden, and its role in successfully catalyzing economic activity.

Despite opening four years late and $325 million over budget, most believe that Millennium Park was worth it.

Located between Chicago’s lakefront and the Loop (central business district), the initial site of Millennium Park was an eyesore: surface parking lots, commuter railroad tracks and degraded parkland. With the huge task ahead, designers from all disciplines were called in and flown in to work on the 24.5-acre site–from Frank Lehry who designed the funky outdoor band shell, to Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), to Ed Uhlir, the project manager in charge of the final master plan.

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