Millennium Park Turns 10; Demands Cake

Bonus: You can see Lakeshore East is still just a giant mud puddle in the background.

Millennium Park under construction.  Bonus: You can see Lakeshore East is still just a giant mud puddle in the background. It would sprout 7½ skyscrapers, a supermarket, a park and a school over the next ten years.

Millennium Park recently turned ten years old.  In spite of what anyone might think about the price tag, the location, the target audience, or the (alleged!) corruption involved, it’s hard to deny that the park is a success.  It’s become a focal point for the city’s tourist industry, and a symbol of the city on everything from tote bags to web site logos around the world.

While Millennium Park is ten-years-old, this blog is older.  In fact, as far as we know, Gapers Block is the only Chicago blog that’s been publishing longer than we have (by seven months).

Since this blog is downright elderly in internet terms, we put on our trifocals, fumbled for our Hurry-cane, and dug through the dusty trunks in the basement to find photographs of Millennium Park when it was still just a young whippersnapper under construction.  Enjoy.

Millennium Park under construction

If you were to hull The Bean, this is what you would find underneath.

Millennium Park under construction

Working on the gardens in front of the Pritzker Pavilion.

Millennium Park under construction

Assembling the Harris Theater

 

Millennium Park under construction

Traffic had to snake around the serpentine BP Pedestrian Bridge for a while.

 

Millennium Park under construction

Note that you can still see the seams in the grid of panels that make up the titanium fascinators at the Pritzker Pavilion

Millennium Park under construction

The beloved Bean before it was buffed smooth.  From this angle, the grid of seams make it look like a giant globe.

Millennium Park under construction

The floor is still a work in progress around Cloud Gate

Millennium Park under construction.

Millennium Park under construction.

 

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