Millennium Park U.S. Equities Realty Collection

Watch the Millennium Park site transform from an industrial wasteland to a new urban park of world renown from 1999-2005, under the project management of U.S. Equities Realty and acclaimed architects, engineers and artists.

Follow the construction of BP Pedestrian Bridge, the first bridge designed by Frank Gehry; Anish Kapoor’s monumental public sculpture, Cloud Gate, aka The Bean; the Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a soaring bandshell that hosts the U.S.’s last free outdoor classical music series; Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain, a cascading interactive video sculpture; Millennium Monument; Lurie Garden; and McCormick Tribune Plaza and Ice Rink. Watch the park take shape with general construction photos, or take in sweeping views with full park images.

The Millennium Park U.S. Equities Realty Collection is housed in the Special Collections and Preservation Division at Harold Washington Library Center.

Collection Highlights
Get a taste of how this transformation took place in a selected group of images.

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Finding Aids
The descriptive inventories for other related archival collections.
Millennium Park Blog Posts
Written by CPL librarians and staff.
These images were made possible by generous gifts from U.S. Equities Realty and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation through the Chicago Public Library Foundation.