By Jasmine Stewart
The Willis Tower, the Water Tower, the theatres, the food. All of these attractions are various reasons as to why people choose to come to Chicago. Hundreds of thousands of people make their way here in order to experience things they’ve all heard about or seen. Every one of those places are exquisite. However, you can’t spell Chicago without Millennium Park, in a non-linguistic way. And it seems as though this year they plan on ending the summer with a bang!
Millennium Park was the brain child of Mayor Richard Daley and has been around for a little over a decade. It has since been a place of celebrations, musical events and provides quite a few eateries within and around it. It opened in 2004 and has over 20 acres. The park is located on Michigan Avenue, and it’s well known for having quite a few of Chicago’s most alluring architectural sights, like the fountain, the gardens, the Pritzker Pavilion and of course, the Bean. If you haven’t been there, I’ll just let you in on what you missed out on this summer.
Late May of this year, the pavilion held its annual Chicago House Musical Festival where DJs and other live performances took place. Early June it hosted the Chicago Gospel Music Festival and Chicago Blues Festival. Late August, the Jazz Festival opened with a concert from the Chicago Jazz Philharmonics that was free of charge. There were also a few dance celebrations, film series and concerts. So then the question now is, how will they decide to end the summer? Well, I took a look at Choosechicago.com and found a few more occasions that are coming up.
Chicago Gourmet is starting Wednesday, September 26th and is going through the 30th. This culinary event brings master chefs and other cooking experts from all over to Chicago in order to show off their art and style. I like to think of it as a Taste of Chicago, just a bit classier. This will be its 11th year and the theme this time around is “Rock the Fork”. There will be live cooking demonstrations along with seminars and concerts. Of course there will be plenty of food and rooftop activities, but you have to buy tickets in order to attend. If you’re a foody (like me) then you’ll hop on it fast because events like these during weather like ours is worth every penny. Hope to see you there!