Millennium park self-guided walking tour in Chicago

Millennium park self-guided walking tour in Chicago

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£6.00
Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Explore the most famous park in Chicago and find out how it transformed from a derelict trainyard to a lively green space in the heart of the city
  • Hear the stories of the people who brought this park to life, from a truck driver-turned-architect to a goodie two shoe gardener
  • Find fascinating spots most visitors miss and learn the history not many people know
  • Get up close and personal with the world-famous Cloud Gate sculpture, more commonly known as The Bean
What to expect

Your tour through Millennium Park begins at the park’s north end, by the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance. From there, you’ll head south toward the Pritzker Pavilion while hearing some background on how the park came into existence.

Once at the impressive pavilion, you’ll learn about the vast array of performances held here and the high-tech design which makes it all possible, as well as the man behind it: Jay Pritzker. Get the full story on this precocious kid who went from building model cities out of his grandfather’s scrap wood to designing some of the most famous structures in the country.

As you continue, you’ll come to the park’s so-called “Secret Garden.” Take a stroll along a peaceful boardwalk surrounded by plant life and listen to a little-known symbolism behind the garden’s design. Then pause for a fantastic look at Chicago’s skyline.

Next, you’ll head past the Art Institute of Chicago and end up at the astonishing Crown Fountain. Get familiar with the intricately detailed “face towers” of the fountain, then head north toward Chicago’s most famous sculpture.

At last, you’ll arrive at Cloud Gate, known by the locals as “The Bean” (although the artist positively hates this name). Learn about the wacky artist behind it, as well as the technique he used to create such a huge, smooth surface. And don’t forget to snap some surreal pictures of your reflection! The tour concludes here.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • Self-guided tour taken via the app
    • Unique password (sent by email) for access to the app
    • Live GPS map on your phone
    • Audio narration
    • Written text explanations
    • Route from stop to stop
    What's not included
    • Food or drinks
    • Transportation
    • Entry to paid attractions
    Where

    Millennium Park Welcome Center, East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL, USA

    Meeting point:
    This self-guided tour begins at the Millennium Park Welcome Center
    What to remember

    • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map all in one

    • Please arrange for a vehicle before you take the tour. You only need to book one tour per vehicle, not per person

    • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists

    • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms

    • This tour is valid forever - from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change

    • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the Action Tour Guide app and a unique password to access the tour within the app. Be sure to check your email before you begin driving to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. If you have any questions, please contact the tour operator by call, chat, or email

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    Provider
    ACTION TOUR GUIDE LIMITED
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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