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Crown Fountain in Millennium Park

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Crown Fountain in Millennium Park

 

201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave and Columbus Ave
Chicago, IL 60602

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park is a major addition to the city's world-renowned public art collection.

The fountain consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out.

Plensa adapted this practice by having faces of Chicago citizens projected on LED screens and having water flow through an outlet in the screen to give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths. The collection of faces, Plensa's tribute to Chicagoans, was taken from a cross-section of 1,000 residents.

The fountain’s water features operate during the year between mid-spring and mid-fall, while the images remain on view year-round.

 

Learn More

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Hours:

Daily, 6am – 11pm

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Admission:

FREE

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Website:
For additional information please visit www.millenniumpark.org  

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Accessibility:

The following services are available for persons with disabilities: 

  • Accessible entrance(s) 
  • Accessible washroom(s) 
  • Assistive listening devices provided 
  • Accessible seating area available

For more information and reservations call 312.742.1168, TTY: 312.744.2947

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Public Transportation:

From the Green, Orange, Brown, Pink and Purple Line Express elevated lines, exit at the Madison/Wabash or Randolph/Wabash stations and walk two blocks east. From the Red and Blue Line subways, exit at Monroe or Washington stations and walk two or three blocks east. The park is also served by buses 3, 4, 6, 14, 20, 56, 60, 124, 151,157 and 173. During weekday rush periods only the Park is also served by buses 26 and 148.

For more travel information, visit www.transitchicago.com

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Parking:

Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage, Grant Park North, Grant Park South and East Monroe Garages. For more information or directions for any of these parking garages, visit www.millenniumgarages.com or call 312.616.0600.