Millennium Park U.S. Equities Realty Collection
CPL's Digital Collections document life in Chicago through archival images, documents and artifacts.
Watch the Millennium Park site transform from an industrial wasteland to a new urban park of world renown from 1999-2005, under the project management of U.S. Equities Realty and acclaimed architects, engineers and artists.
Follow the construction of:
- BP Pedestrian Bridge, the first bridge designed by Frank Gehry
- Cloud Gate, aka The Bean, Anish Kapoor’s monumental public sculpture
- Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the soaring Gehry-designed bandshell that hosts the United States' last free outdoor classical music series
- Crown Fountain, Jaume Plensa’s cascading interactive video sculpture
- Millennium Monument
- Lurie Garden
- McCormick Tribune Plaza and Ice Rink.
Watch the park take shape with general construction photos, take in sweeping views with full park images or start with highlights from the Millennium Park U.S. Equities Realty Collection for a taste of how this transformation took place.
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This digital collection was made possible by generous gifts from U.S. Equities Realty and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation through the Chicago Public Library Foundation.
Acknowledgment of Harmful Materials
Chicago Public Library collects images, documents and other archival materials from different communities and time periods to preserve and make available the cultural and historical record. As historical objects, some of these materials contain harmful or disturbing content. CPL presents these artifacts as an unfiltered social record and does not endorse the views expressed therein.