A few weeks ago I headed off to a new city for the 5th annual (my 2nd- check out last year’s recap from Charleston- here) Blog Societies Conference. I checked into my hotel fairly late after a delayed flight and crazy traffic driving into the city; so decided to relax after a quick dinner and get started sight seeing bright and early the next day. First on my list of things to see in the windy city was the famous bean. With coffee in hand I headed west into the heart of the city for a morning in Millennium Park.
Up until 1997, Millennium Park was filled with rail road tracks and parking lots. Mayor Daley decided to do something about this eye sore and make the space into a beautiful public park. Now Millennium Park extends 24+ acres and houses lush pristine landscapes, sculptures and an outdoor music venue.
When I first entered Millennium Park, I passed by the renowned Jay Pritzker Pavilion where a group of people were taking a yoga class. What a wonderful way to start the day! It was hard to believe that the Lollapalooza music festival would be filling this entire area (and park) a day later!
Soon I found the bean, which is actually called Cloud Gate (created by artist Anish Kapoor) and reflects the sky and Chicago skyline. Cloud Gate stands 33 feet tall, extends 66 feet wide and is made with many stainless steel polished plates.
After strolling around a bit I found myself at Crown Fountain. Crown Fountain consists of (2) 50 foot glass towers which depict the video images of the people of Chicago. The images were used to mimic the use of gargoyles in years passed.
Hungry? Thirsty? On a normal day you can find beer gardens (including Goose Island Beer!) and various delicious food trucks around the park as well.
There is so much to see and do in Millennium Park, you could really spend all day there. Here a few other things to add to your list during your visit.
Looking for some other fun places to explore in the US? Head to Rhode Island for some polo, or to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains for some hiking, learn about the ocean in Baltimore Maryland, Go Honky Tonking in Nashville or Eat your way through Charleston, SC.