Happy Birthday, Millennium Park

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July 13, 2009 2:09:27 PM PDT
One of Chicago's most popular parks is turning five. The city is celebrating the anniversary of Millennium Park, home to the beloved sculpture, Cloud Gate, known as 'The Bean' to most; and Crown Fountain, an interactive work of public art and video sculpture where children play on hot summer days. SLIDESHOW: The Bean | Send Us Your Millennium Park Photos

Events to mark the five-year anniversary include a tribute to Shel Silverstein, A SHEL-ebration, by singers Bobby Bare and Bobby Bare Junior. The late Silverstein was a Chicago native.

The plan for the 24.5 acre Millennium Park was conceived in 1997. It was completed in 2004.

The park, which is free to the public, is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

It is part of Chicago's lakefront Grant Park, which was outlined by Daniel Burnham in 1909. That centennial celebration is also going on.