Gardens of Millennium Park

The Gardens of Millennium Park incorporate traditional public space landscape architectural concepts with innovative garden design and plant selection themes, always with an eye toward creating gardens as living public artworks. The Gardens reflect the same high standards in art and design as does the Park’s other public artworks, while also serving important ecological and environmental sustainability roles as urban habitat for birds, insects, local pollinators, and a myriad of other urban wildlife.

The Gardens of Millennium Park include: the North Gardens, the McDonald’s Cycle Center Gardens, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion East Garden, the Boeing Gallery Gardens, and the Entrance Gardens at Washington and Monroe. Additional gardens are being added as landscape enhancement work continues across the Park.

 

Design

Landscape Design

All of the Gardens are designed with true four-season interest—early-flowering spring bulbs welcome visitors to the Gardens, verdant textural displays of foliage and vibrant flowers delight throughout the summer and fall months, and remnant stems and leaves make for an architectural display throughout the winter. These features give the Park’s Gardens an ever-evolving character.

Maintenance

Landscape Maintenance

Millennium Park’s Gardens are maintained to a high standard by contracted landscape professionals and Millennium Park Foundation staff. Maintenance is primarily done by hand—weeding, general plant care—and no fertilizers and extremely limited herbicides and pesticides are used. The Gardens are watered by an automatic irrigation system connected with the rest of Millennium Park; however, Gardens are designed to require less and less water as they mature. Adjustments in the irrigation system are made monthly based on the needs of the plants in the Gardens.

All Gardens of Millennium Park are designed and funded by Millennium Park Foundation using funds from private donors.

Images by: Millennium Park Foundation and Austin Eischeid.