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Endless family fun at Millennium Park and Cloud Gate

From seeing a show at Harris Theatre to winter ice skating at the rink, endless family fun awaits all visitors of Millennium Park, the home of the iconic Cloud Gate monument. This exciting sight is ideal for families and couples wanting the perfect day trip with views of the Chicago skyline. Host to a plethora of free cultural programmes, concerts, exhibitions and tours can all be found in this sprawling parkland of gorgeous flora and fauna.

Grab your camera and create unforgettable holiday memories with a trip to Cloud Gate, otherwise known as ‘The Bean’ due to its similar shape. Designed to reflect the clouds and views of The Windy City, travellers come far and wide to soak up the rich culture and take a selfie with the installation that is loved by many.

Crown Fountain is a popular meeting point where the faces of 1,000 locals and the clever alignment of a fountain makes for a comical water feature. A city-dweller’s playground, the lush greenery and surrounding pristine gardens offer the perfect picnic spot with Goose Island Beer Garden on hand should you have forgotten the bottles of fizz. This restaurant is also a top choice to listen to the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra playing at the Jay Pitzker Pavilion, alcoholic beverage in hand, of course.

Tours are a brilliant way to learn more about the history, art and architecture of Chicago. The Millennium Park Greeter Tours run from May through October. Simply meet at the Chicago Cultural Centre just across the road before embarking on a 45-minute sightsee. Make sure to get there quick though as space is limited to 10 people per tour with only two scheduled per day. The official website also has downloadable audio tours and a list of stops, so you can take in the views in privacy.

Events are in a constant abundance with early morning yoga and fitness classes ever popular with locals and visitors alike. The summer film series is ideal for dating couples as well as families with a plethora of movies on the bill from classics and comedies to horrors.

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For the ultimate sight-seeing tour, a Divvy Bike station is located near the Chicago Cultural Centre just opposite Millennium Park. Like the Santander née ‘Boris Bikes’ in London, don your helmet and start exploring The Windy City on two wheels.

Venue Details

  • In/Out: Outdoors
  • Traveller Type: Adults, Couples, Families
  • Best for: Sightseeing, Adventure, Cultural
  • Address: 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
  • Opening Times:
    6am -11pm, daily

Map & Address

  • Located in downtown Chicago, Millennium Park and Cloud Gate is easily accessible via car, bus or the Metra rail system. Found opposite Millennium Park Station with access to the Metra Electronic District and South Shore Line trains, getting here is definitely not a problem.

    Located in downtown Chicago, Millennium Park and Cloud Gate is easily accessible via car, bus or the Metra rail system. Found opposite Millennium Park Station with access to the Metra Electronic District and South Shore Line trains, getting here is definitely not a problem.

  • Address: 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
  • Opening Times:
    6am -11pm, daily