Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sits near the entrance to the park. Or The Bean if you are anyone but the artist (Rumor has it that the artist is not fond of the nickname) It's a fun and interactive art installation that you could spend a coupla hours enjoying. Who doesn't like looking at distorted images of themselves in a big bean? And taking lots and lots of pictures of that?
There was a free Yoga in the Park class that morning at the Pavilion (officially the Jay Pritzker Pavilion) and gazillions of people were leaving so after we were done looking at ourselves in the bean, we made our way over to The Great Lawn. There were a few stragglers left and some people just enjoying the lawn.
My favorite part of Millennium Park is Lurie Garden. A five acre garden inside the park, the highlight of the Lurie Garden is the 15 foot high Shoulder Hedge which is dramatically lit at night. There were people sitting along the boardwalk and dipping their feet in the stream and benches for sitting within the garden. Really peaceful and beautiful.
And last but not least, if you visit Millennium Park, you can't forget to stop by the Crown Fountain. Two 50 foot high glass block towers with video images of a cross-section of 1000 Chicago residents with a reflecting pool in between them, this is a popular spot in the park. Every few minutes the video images appear to be spouting water from their mouths and kids and grown-ups alike love to swim and jump in the water.
But the best image from our morning at Millennium Park was the little pair of sandals sitting right in the middle of the sidewalk about 30 yards from the fountain. It's as if their owners just couldn't wait and had to get in that water and have fun!
Have you been to Millennium Park?
I am linking up with Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox, Weekend Wanderlust at A Brit and a Southerner, Weekend Travel Inspiration at Reflections Enroute and Friday Postcards at Walking on Travels so go check them out for some fun travel inspiration!