Map of Millennium Park
Among the park's prominent features are the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States; the interactive Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa; the contemporary Lurie Garden designed by the team of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel; and Anish Kapoor's hugely popular Cloud Gate sculpture.
Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance
This popular venue is home to several mid-sized music and dance companies, with performances ranging from ballet and African dance to classical chamber and folk music. The 1,525-seat theater was designed by Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge (HBRA) Architects and boasts excellent sight lines and acoustics.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Winner of the Pritzker Prize in Architecture and the National Medal of Art, Frank Gehry applied his signature style to this revolutionary outdoor concert venue. The Pavilion stands 120-feet-high, with a billowing "headdress" of brushed stainless steel ribbons that frame the proscenium opening and connect to and overhead trellis of crisscrossing steel pipes. The trellis supports the sound system, which mimics the acoustics of a concert hall by distributing enhanced sound equally to the 4,000 fixed seats , and over the Great lawn, which accommodates an additional 7,000 people.
Connecting Millennium Park to Daley Bicentennial Plaza, this 925-foot-long winding bridge (Frank Gehry's first) provides incomparable views of the Chicago skyline, Grant Park, and Lake Michigan. Clad in brushed stainless steel panels, the BP Bridge complements the Priztker Pavilion in function as well as design by creating an acoustic barrier from the traffic noise below.
The Lurie Garden
Designed by Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie, Shannon Nichol, Peit Oudolf and Tobert Israel, this "Urbs in Horto" (city in a Garden), which refers to origins to a bold and powerful city. Highlights of the garden include the dramatically lit, 15-foot-high "shoulder" hedge. This physical representation of Sandburg's famous description of the "City of Big Shoulders" encloses the garden on two sides and protects over 138 varieties of perennial plants. A graceful hardwood footbridge over shallow water divides the garden diagonally between "light" and "dark" plates.
The Crown Fountain
Inspired by the people of Chicago (whose faces appear via LED display on the 50-foot-tall glass block towers), this interactive fountain is a major addition to the city's world-renowned public art collection. Designed by Jaume Plensa with the assistance of Krueck and Sexton Architects, The Crown Fountain creates both a unique meeting point and a dynamic space for silent reflection as water cascades from the towers over images of nature scenes and 1,000 Chicago faces.
SBC Plaza / Cloud Gate
The plaza anchors the site of celebrated British artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work installed in the United States. The 110-ton elliptical Cloud Gate sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel "plates," which reflect the city's famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a "gate" to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their mirror image reflected back from a variety of perspectives.
Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument (peristyle)
The Millennium Monument designed by OWP/P is a nearly full-size replica of the peristyle originally in the same location between 1917 and 1953. Its columns are made of Indiana limestone while the base is built from French limestone. In appreciation of the park's founders, their names are etched into the base. Wrigley Square's tree-lined area is an inviting space for visitors to relax, stroll, and view the monument.