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Millennium Park Master Plan

Millennium Park Master Plan

The 24.5-acre Millennium Park provides a new civic space for the city of Chicago and completes the 100-year vision for Grant Park.

The park was constructed over abandoned rail yards, a former eyesore in downtown Chicago. The revitalized park incorporates elements designed by world-renowned artists, architects and landscape designers. A music band shell designed by Frank Gehry serves as the primary venue for the Grant Park Symphony, as well as other performance artists, and connects to the indoor Harris Theatre.

In addition to a public skating rink and restaurant, the Beaux Arts Millennium monument, lush landscaped gardens and a central promenade, the park also features the Cloud Gate sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor and a truly 21st century fountain designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plesna. Below grade, the park offers additional expanded rail lines, new parking levels and a multi-modal transit center.

The park provides an exciting, people-friendly destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike, a tribute to the City’s motto “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden) and a monument to Chicago’s peerless civic leadership, generosity and commitment.

Master Planner

Adrian Smith, Design Partner
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP


City of Chicago


Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, Silver Medal


American Society of Civil Engineers, Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award
American Society of Civil Engineers, Award for Outstanding Large Project
AIA Chicago, Design Excellence, Regional and Urban Design Award


Urban Land Institute, Award for Excellence, The Americas