Millennium Park

Spanning across 35 acres of manicured gardens Millennium Park is considered to be Chicago’s green lung. Home to impressive architecture, ever-changing art displays and live music concerts throughout the summer, this green oasis provides a great escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago.

Things to do

If you’re here in the summer make sure you head to Pritzker Pavilion to catch a performing art event, music festival or a classical opera. In the winter, strap on your ice skates and head to McCormick Tribune Ice Rink for a scenic skate surrounded by Chicago’s high rises. If you get peckish, there’s plenty of concessions in the park including Good Island Beer Garden, the perfect spot for an afternoon drink.

Cloud Gate

On the north-west side of Millennium Park sits the cities signature landmark; Cloud Gate, known by most as ‘The Bean’. The sculpture was designed by Indian Artist Sir Anish Kapoor and was built between 2004 and 2006. The stainless steel structure gained its nickname ‘the bean’ due to its curved shape. Make sure you take a distorted picture in the reflecting plates.