Millennium Park was enlisted this year due to its exemplary character, public artwork and majestic gardens.
The American Planning Association puts together a list of great American places every year. For preparing the list, the organization selects some of the great streets, neighborhoods and public places across United States on the basis of their quality, involvement of the community and future planning.
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This year, Chicago Illinois’ Millennium Park is chosen as one of the great public places in U.S.A. APA describes the beauty of the place in these words.
“Arguably one of the most recognizable parks in the world, Millennium Park is without question one of most spectacular places in downtown Chicago. Today, the 24.5-acre modern park is the centerpiece of the city, featuring performance facilities, public artwork, and majestic gardens.”
A huge part of Millennium Park was controlled by Illinois Central Railroad until Mayer Richard M. Daley decided to turn it into an urban public park. In 2004, the park was opened for the public and enjoyed by the residents of Chicago ever since. The remarkable transformation was made possible with proper planning and thoughtful designing.
“The most iconic feature of the park is "Cloud Gate," a modern sculpture by Anish Kapoor. More commonly called "The Bean," the sculpture's smooth surface gives visitors the opportunity to see Chicago from a markedly different perspective. Crown Fountain, designed by Jaume Plensa, uses water, light, video, and glass to create a reflecting pool with two towers that project the faces of 1,000 Chicagoans.”
A 2.5 acre Lurie Garden is also located at the southern end of the park. The garden remains open throughout the year and welcomes local visitors as well as the tourists from all over the world.
Millennium Park is an economic boon to the city. Not only, it has increased the residential value of the area but attracts an estimated 1.2 billion tourists every year.
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The other places that went onto make the list are Balboa Park (San Diego), Pearl Street Mall (Boulder), Flint Farmer’s Market, Santa Fe Railyard and Hermann Park, Houston.