OK… I promised pictures, so here they are. Enjoy!
Millennium Park is one amazing sight to behold. The thing cost $475 MILLION to build. It was worth it. I took my camera down there a few nights ago, and here are some of the pictures from that excursion.
Jay Pritzker Pavillion, by artist Frank Gehry, is absolutely spectacular. I can’t wait to see a concert here. Not only is the stage amazing, but the adjoining lawn is breathtaking. The crisscrossed wires above the lawn hold lights and speakers, which are timed to delay the sound so that you feel like you are actually hearing the music live. It’s truly a beautiful addition to Chicago.
The Millennium Monument in Wrigley Square is a Peristyle that was built to exactly replicate a simliar peristyle that stood in this location for 50 years, from the 1910’s to the 1950’s. They had to tear it down because the original was built of concrete and couldn’t withstand the Chicago weather any longer. This peristyle is built of limestone and should last for many generations to come.
Crown Fountain is easily the most unusual and interesting things I’ve seen in a long time, and this park is full of unusual and interesting things. Each wall is constructed of glass blocks. Projected against these blocks are images of Chicagoans. They filmed over 1000 people, from what I am to understand. They stare blankly, blink, smile, and just sit there for about 10 minutes. Then they pucker their lips, and out of their mouths shoot a stream of water into the center of the fountain area.
Then the face disappears, the tower goes dark, and a wash of water cascades down the sides, all so that another face can appear in its place… and the cycle continues.
Cloud Gate, by Anish Kapoor, is definitely the most popular attraction in Millennium Park. Its brightly polished surface reflects everything around it. It’s eye-catching, incredibly curious to look at, and, quite frankly, beautiful. Its nickname is, of course, “The Bean” because of its shape. Whatever it is called, it is a fun sight to see.