One of my favourite mornings in Chicago was spent wondering around Millennium Park and the numerous public gardens in the area. Millennium Park contains a number of great public art pieces, examples of great architecture, and regularly hosts free music events.
|Vegetables in Millennium Park flower bed|
The park is perhaps most well known for its inclusion of the work of architect Frank Gehry in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge. Both are beautiful structures and during my visit we took in a bit of the Grant Park Music Festival in the Pavilion.
The park also has a number of public art installations including Cloud Gate (aka the bean), Crown Fountain, and currently 1004 Portraits by Jaume Plensa is on by the Crown Fountain.
|Art In The Farm Garden|
|Youth working in the Art In The Farm Garden|
The prevalence of community gardens reminded me a lot of wartime community gardens that were started during WWII. In Chicago over 1,500 victory gardens were started in the city mostly by people who had never gardened before. An interesting comparison between the 1940s victory gardens and contemporary urban gardening can be seen here.
You can easily spend hours wondering around the parks in Chicago taking in the public art, gardens, and examples of community building. I also spent considerable time in the Lurie Garden, which I'll talk about in a separate post.
Photo Credit: Andrew MacKay.