April 27, 2017

Getting Ready for Summer

Sunny skies, blossoming flowers, and the increase in the number of visitors flooding the streets of downtown Chicago are sure signs that warm weather is approaching, but for the team at Millennium Park, it's time to get the Park ready for summer.

Last year, the Park welcomed nearly 12.9 million guests in just the second half of 2016—making it the #1 attraction in the Midwest and among the top 10 most-visited sites in the U.S.

In May, Cloud Gate will get its twice-annual buff and polish, when the Park’s maintenance team works its magic to undo the effects of winter on Anish Kapoor’s shining sculpture.

Thanks to the Millennium Park Foundation, the Crown Family and the City of Chicago, the Crown Fountain has received a bit of a face lift, with new glass blocks in the towers and upgraded technology that projects the faces of 1,000 everyday Chicagoans.

Still under renovation is the Millennium Monument (Peristyle) that anchors Wrigley Square at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street. That graceful semi-circular row of columns will be cleaned and repaired, and the founders wall will be updated to include Millennium Park donors who have contributed to the Park since its 2004 opening.

The Pavilion’s state-of-the-art sound, along with the Park’s world-class collection of architecture, landscape design and art provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs, including our own Grant Park Music Festival concerts. More free programs presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events begin in late May and include a mix of jazz, world music, indie-rock, family activities and exhibitions. As the weather heats up, the Park, once again, becomes a lively, spectacular gathering spot in the heart of the city.

Learn more about free events hosted by the Grant Park Music Festival, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Millennium Park Foundation.