Things to Do in Chicago - Free Activities in Millennium Park Year Round

Millennium Park - Chicago

A favorite of Chicagoans, Millennium Park is a welcome gathering place and offers numerous public activities, most of them free. The Park is open every day from 6 am to 11 pm. The Millennium Park Welcome Center is located at 201 E. Randolph Street. It’s open daily 9 am-7 pm through Sept. 30. From Oct. 1 through the winter it’s open 10 am-4 pm.

Here are some of the Park's highlights:

Jay Pritzker Pavilion - Along with the adjacent Great Lawn, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion is the site of free concerts, films and festivals. Events are held rain or shine.

Lurie Garden - Take a self-guided tour of the beautiful Lurie Gardens. Explore some of the free educational programs for adults like sustainable gardening practices and landscape design. Children of all ages who visit the Garden have fun discovering science and ecology through art projects.

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink - From mid-November through early March, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is open and free to the public in Millennium Park. Take a free ice skating lesson one hour before the rink opens on weekends! Skates are available to rent for $12 plus tax.

Cloud Gate - This remarkable sculpture by British artist Anish Kapoor is 110 tons of stainless steel mirroring and reflecting Chicago’s skyline. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to touch the “gate.” It’s located in AT&T Plaza.

McDonald’s Cycle Center - Used by locals and tourists alike, this is the place to go for bicycle rentals and Segway tours. Other services include bike repair, storage and showers for commuter members. Sign up here for guided bicycle tours of Chicago.

Parking - The entrances to the Millennium Park Garage are located at Columbus at Monroe or Randolph, Millennium Lakeside and Grant Park North.

 

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