Millennium Park Named A ‘Great Public Space’ By Meeting Org

Daily gathering at "Cloud Gate."

Daily gathering at “Cloud Gate.”

Millennium Park may well be one of the most-visited public gathering places in the country, or the world. Rain or shine, you’ll see visitors to Chicago sitting, chatting, eating, bean-photographing.

The park has also been named one of the six great public spaces by the American Planning Association (APA). The other five are Balboa Park in San Diego, Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Flint Farmers Market in Flint, MI, Santa Fe Railyard, and Hermann Park in Houston.

The APA notes that Millennium Park is “one of the most recognizable parks in the world. . . and is without question one of the most spectacular places in downtown Chicago.”

Criteria used by the APA for the Great Spaces list include architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community involvement.

Author: Bill Motchan

Bill Motchan is a writer and photographer, and a former resident of the West Loop. He can be reached at

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