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Chicagos Architecture Highlights: Millennium Park

Millennium Park

Opened in July 2004, Chicago’s new Millennium Park is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design that has become one of the City’s most popular destinations. The result of a unique partnership between the City of Chicago and the philanthropic community, the 24.5-acre park features two works by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry – the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, an outdoor music venue that seats 11,000 people, and the BP Bridge, a winding, serpentine footbridge that crosses Columbus Drive. The BP Bridge is Gehry’s first.

Other remarkably conceived modern buildings

include the

  • NBC Tower, designed by Adrian Smith;
  • 190 S. LaSalle Street, by Philip Johnson;
  • 333 W. Wacker Drive, by William Pederson;
  • the serpentine River City, by Bertrand Goldberg;
  • the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (610 S. Michigan), designed by Krueck and Sexton;
  • 900 N. Michigan Avenue, housing Bloomingdale's and a shopping mall, also by William Pederson.
  • Art Institute of Chicago’s new Modern Wing and Nichols Bridgeway, both designed by Renzo Piano

In the coming years, Chicago will welcome several high-profile new buildings by internationally acclaimed architects.
Construction on Santiago Calatrava’s Chicago Spire began in June 2007 and will be completed in 2011. Situated on a 2.2 acre site where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan, The Chicago Spire will be the world's tallest residential building Even as the future is planned, so the past is being preserved.

Architecture buffs?

Architecture buffs will want to visit the restored (1836) Henry B. Clarke House (Chicago’s oldest), and the (1887) John J. Glessner House. Both buildings are located in the Prairie Avenue Historic District south of downtown.
Oak Park, just west of Chicago, is the site of Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio, along with many homes he designed. Excellent tours are available. Buildings listed here constitute only a tiny fraction of what captures the attention and imagination of Chicago's visitors and residents.

More information

Visitors and Chicagoans planning to entertain out-of-town guests can receive Chicago brochures, reserve hotel accommodations and receive trip-planning assistance by calling toll-free 1.877.CHICAGO (1.877.244.2246) Brochures and information on Chicago's exciting events and activities are also available at the Visitor Information Centers. Find addresses and further info here: Chicago Visitor Info & Getting Around

NBC Tower in Chicago
NBC Tower in Chicago

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicagos Millenium Park
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicagos Millenium Park

Chicagos Skyline- beautiful from evey ankle
Chicagos Skyline- beautiful from evey ankle



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