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I have just returned home from my first visit to Chicago. Somehow I've never had a reason to go until this weekend, but what a great city! I'll start off my photos from Millenium Park which was just completed a few years ago. Pictured here is the Pritzker Pavillion designed by Frank Gehry. It's been described as a blossoming flower among other things, but in this lighting it reminded me more of an approaching menace of some kind... not to say it's not beautiful and amazing. Please read below for more information on Millenium Park (from Wikipedia.com). ...


Millennium Park is a prominent new civic center of the City of Chicago in Illinois and an important landmark of the city's lakefront. A redeveloped section of Grant Park, the 24.5acre (101,000 m²) landmark is bounded by Michigan Avenue, East Randolph Street, Columbus Drive and East Monroe Drive. It was Mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley's ambitious idea to realize that which was originally designed as part of Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago, a plan for the future of Chicago created in 1909.

Planning began in October 1997, construction began in October 1998 and it was finally completed in July 2004.

Millennium Park is a portion of the larger Grant Park, the "front lawn" of downtown Chicago and one of the larger public parks in metropolitan Chicago and is a showcase for postmodern architecture. There are three major artistic highlights: Cloud Gate, Crown Fountain and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Millennium Park is often considered the largest roof garden in the world, having been constructed on top of a railroad yard and large parking garages.

Pritzker Pavilion
The principal signature of Millennium Plaza is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a band shell designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry with 4,000 fixed seats plus additional lawn seating for 7,000. A Pritzker Architecture Prize honoree and National Medal of Arts winner, Gehry designed such landmarks as the Guggenheim Museum at Bilbao, Der Neue Zollhof in Düsseldorf and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Characteristic of Gehry, the Pritzker Pavilion consists of massive panels of stainless steel resembling the graceful blooming of a flower or the unfurling sails of a massive ship.

The Pritzker Pavilion is the home of the Grant Park Music Festival, the nation's only remaining free, municipally-supported, outdoor, classical music series. (www.grantparkmusicfestival.com).

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