Millennium Park

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Millennium Park in Chicago was intended to help ring in the new millennium. Planning for it began in 1997, but it opened fours years behind schedule in 2004. Budgeted at $150 million, it cost the city and private donors $475 million to build.

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Constructed on top of rail yards and parking garages, Millennium park is actually a 25 acre rooftop garden. It is contained within Grant Park and features an outdoor concert space and pedestrian bridge designed by Frank Gehry.

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Another popular section of the park is the AT&T Plaza with its Cloud Gate sculpture, by artist Anish Kapoor. It’s three stories of polished steel and fondly known as ‘The Bean.’ Cloud Gate was completed two years after Millennium Park opened.

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Location: 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602

Designation: City Park

Date designation declared: 7/16/2004

Date of my visit: May 24, 2015

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The High Line

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The New York City High Line is a 1.5 mile Rail-Trail on the west side of Manhattan. In 1999, neighborhood residents saved this elevated historic railroad from demolition and converted it into a public park with landscaping and art exhibits along a concrete walkway.  It first opened to the public in 2009.

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From 1934 to 1980, this rail line carried meat to the Meatpacking District in New York. Today the park extends from 34th Street to Gansevoort Street. The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation is currently working on an extension called The Spur which is expected to open in April of 2019.

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Some friends from France came to town and wanted to explore this park. We walked over to the entrance on 34th street and ascended to the walkway via a long ramp. We admired the interesting artwork we saw along the way (Exhibits change out periodically.)

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We exited via the 16th Street staircase to have lunch in Chelsea Market, a busy indoor marketplace with shops and restaurants.

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Location: Gansevoort & Washington Streets to 34th st & 12th Ave

Designation: City Park

Date designated or established: 2009

Date of my visit: 12/09/2016

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