Chicago paying to maintain Millennium Park

CHICAGO Four years after the park opened, the city is spending $8.1 million in hotel tax revenues to secure and maintain Millennium Park.

Testifying Wednesday during City Council budget hearings, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Lois Weisberg said those who were going to fund the conservancy are the same people who raised money for the art in the park. She said they later discovered it would cost a lot of money to run the park.

Weisberg said the $8.1 million pays for everything from landscaping, maintenance and repairs to security and sanitation. About $6.4 million of that money goes to MB Real Estate, the property manager running Millennium Park.

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