Millennium Park (Chicago, United States)


(Cloud Gate)

I love the millennium park in Chicago; more because of Anish Kapoor and his mind blowing creation ‘Cloud Gate’ that has attracted millions of visitors like me to the city. In fact, when inside the park, one should not look at the watch…ever! It’s a total fun place with variety of entertainment for different kind of people; musical concerts, exhibitions, fun time festivals for kids, architecture, opera or even dance festivals…you name it and its there.
If you’ve ever picked up a tiny piece of mercury from a broken thermometer and tried to hold it between the tips of your thumb and the index finger, you would probably know that’s the tiniest version of the Cloud Gate. Silver colour and smooth like velvet, the entire structure is made of steel and represents liquid mercury. The polished stainless steel structure reflects almost everything and most beautifully the stylish skyline of the city along with the clouds of all seasons…magnificent! There is a huge arch at the center of the structure, which is called the ‘gate’ and we went through it to see our reflections from different angles. The funniest part was when I saw my own reflection while taking a photo. Hundreds of visitors pose for photos there, some like the ‘Atlas’ holding up the Earth.


(Cloud Gate Reflections)


(Cloud Gate Arch)


(Jay Pritzker Pavillion)

The Jay Pritzker pavilion is another awesome structure to watch out for in the Millennium Park. It is huge, may be more than 100ft tall and once again is made up of super polished steel plates that give the entire structure a look of some machine that has landed from the outer space. The pavilion, both inside and outside can accommodate over 10k people during concerts.
The latest feathers on the cap of the Millennium Park are no doubt the ‘Interconnected,’ the giant metallic sculptures from the Mexican sculptor Yvonne Domenge. The Boeing Galleries on two sides of the park is currently hosting the ‘Interconnected.’ There are a total of four sculptures; the northern side of the park is adorned by the biggest of the four, the ‘Tree of Life.’ The bronze structure is huge and bright red in colour and giving company to the tree are two seeds. According to ancient Mexican culture a tree is the only connection between the different layers of Earth and the Universe, whereas the seeds represent Earth’s energy and growth. The southern gallery is lined with three steel sculptures. ‘Tabachin Ribbon’ the yellow one being the largest is at the center with ‘Wind Waves’ the white one and ‘Coral’ the blue one on either sides. All these three structures explain the rhythm of the universe and are currently the top photo stops in the city.




(Ribbon and Waves)


(Tree of Life)

On our visits to Chicago during summer months, taking a splash at the Crown Fountain becomes a routine. There’s actually nothing to do with a crown, as the name suggests. It is a very unusual fountain that has two huge glass blocks instead of typical gargoyles that are seen commonly in fountains. There is a shallow pool in between these two towers. The first one only has water flowing from it and hundreds of visitors, age no bar, jump in and out of this. My family does it too but I prefer staying dry, much to their dislike and annoyance. The second building is unique; the walls are basically LED screens on which faces of the people of Chicago keeps appearing. The funniest part is the water that spouts out of the fountain and it looks as if it is coming out of the mouth of the person whose face is one the screen; the alignment is known to be an illusion but it looks quite real.


(Crown Fountain)