Location: 201 E. Randolph Street, between Michigan Avenue and Columbus, Chicago
$14 – Early Bird: Monday – Friday (In between 5 – 10 a.m. Out by 7 p.m.)
$19 – 0 – 3 hours
$21 – 3 to 8 hours
$23 – 8 to 12 hours
$24 – 12 to 24 hours
$25 – Special Event Rate
Handicapped/stroller accessibility: There are ramps throughout the park
– Boeing Galleries – areas for modern and contemporary art on the north & south sides of the park
– Chase Promenade – three block long walkway in the center of Millennium Park
– Harris Theatre for Music and Dance – non-profit theatre which operates September through May
– Lurie Garden – Five acre garden
– McCormick Tribune Ice Rink & Plaza – Outdoor dining in the summer, ice skating in the winter. The ice rink is open mid-November to mid-March and admission is free. Skates are available to rent for $10.
– McDonald’s Cycle Center – secure bike parking, bike rentals, bike tours, bike repairs, and lockers and showers (for members only) to encourage biking
– Pritzker Pavilion – outdoor music pavilion with fixed seats and lawn area. Information about music in Millennium Park is available online.
– Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument – Peristyle monument and open space with paths and grass.
We paid: $25 for parking.
I love Millennium Park. If it wasn’t for the parking cost (& my fear of taking both boys on public transportation alone) we’d go a lot more often. On this particular occasion we went for the Family Fun Festival that runs throughout most of the summer (it’s over now), but then we picnicked and played by “the jelly bean” (as Cooper’s calls it), the fountain, and the Nichols Bridgeway.
There so much room for picnicking; even when the park is pretty busy we’ve never had any trouble finding a good spot in the grass to spread out. The Pritzker Pavilion has a huge field of grass if every other spot is full.
We didn’t walk around in the Lurie Garden this time just because we were too busy with other things, but it is beautiful.
We spent a good amount of time playing at the fountain. It’s usually pretty crowded on nice days so I make sure I stay pretty close the the kids so I can keep an eye on them. There’s no bathroom or changing room near the fountain, so I usually just change the boys somewhere in the grass. As you can see by the pictures, this time I just had the boys wear their swimsuits throughout our visit; it was warm enough for them to wear their wet suits and I changed them when we got back to the car.
Just before leaving we took a walk up the Nichols Bridgeway. I found it completely awful (I’m terrified of heights and bridges, but I don’t want to make my kids afraid), but I have to admit that the view was pretty great.
Have you visited Millennium Park? What is your favorite activity there? Do you have any great activities or places of interest nearby to recommend?