The 24.5 acre Millennium Park sits on former industrial land that was controlled by the Illinois Central Railroad from the 1850s until the 1990s. The current park was first conceived in late 1997 with Mayor Richard M. Daley’s vision of turning the area into a new public space for residents of Chicago. The original plan called for a 16-acre park and outdoor music venue in the traditional Beaux Arts style of Grant Park. ...more »
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