This summer and fall, Millennium Park — Chicago’s showplace for cutting-edge art, architecture, landscape design, music and more—is presenting a series of free exhibitions showcasing the work of Jean-Luc Mylayne, Jaume Plensa, photographers, architects — and the dedication of disability leaders and advocates.
French artist Jean-Luc Mylayne, acclaimed for his enigmatic color photographs of birds, has created a temporary Chapel building with a 30-foot photo mural on its ceiling, called “Jean-Luc Mylayne: The Millennium Park Chapel,” May 22–Dec. 31, open daily 11a.m. to 7 p.m. In a hushed and darkened space, these brilliantly lit images show a sparrow, miraculously perched on the exact corner of a square roof, seemingly just over our heads. The pavilion near the Lurie Garden East Walkway (Monroe Street and Columbus Drive) accompanies a new exhibition of photographs by Mylayne at the Art Institute of Chicago (May 22–Aug. 23, 111 S. Michigan Ave.) and The Arts Club of Chicago (May 22–Aug. 13, 201 E. Ontario St.). Visit mutualregardchicago.org for information and event schedule.
Other new exhibitions include a display of Chicago Architecture Biennial Lakefront Kiosks, September–December, on Chase Promenade near Cloud Gate. Featuring the winning entry of an international Lakefront Kiosk Competition, the exhibit also showcases work by architecture students at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. For more information, visit chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org.
Open all summer long on Chase Promenade near Cloud Gate, an “ADA 25 Chicago: Greater Together” display celebrates 25 years and counting for The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and reveals how Millennium Park was created using principles of “universal design.” For details, visit ada25chicago.org.
A “View Chicago” display on the Chase Promenade invites visitors to take a self-guided walking tour through Grant Park. Through a smart-phone application, guests will learn about 16 significant landmarks ending at the future site of a new memorial design to honor Chicago’s distinguished urban planner Daniel Burnham. The display and the pavement markers at each of the 16 sites will remain through December 2015. For details, visit viewchicago.org.
“Jaume Plensa: 1004 Portraits” continues through December 2015 in the South Boeing Gallery and at Michigan Ave. and Madison St. featuring four monumental sculptures installed in Millennium Park on the occasion of the 10th anniversary (2014) of the Spanish artist’s Crown Fountain. The 20- to 40-foot sculptures are portraits of young girls created in cast iron and resin; they continue the story of the original 1,000 portraits of local Chicago residents that illuminate the Crown Fountain every day. Across the Park in the North Boeing Galleries, another special 10th anniversary (2014) exhibition is “Millennium Park: An Anatomy in Photographs,” continuing through December 2015. Curated by John Vinci of Vinci/Hamp, Architects, the exhibit features more than 50 images— including historical photographs; images of the Park before, during and after construction; and photos that use the Park as their subject.
All exhibits are free and made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation; hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily (except where noted).
Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph Street to the north, Columbus Drive to the east and Monroe Street to the south. Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph) and Grant Park North. For the latest news and events, visit millenniumpark.org, call (312) 742-1168. Promotional support for Millennium Park is provided by Chicago Transit Authority.