Millennium Park was originally controlled by the Illinois Central Railroad. The plans for the park were designed by Daniel Burnham in 1909. Construction began in 1917, and has been going on since then. Millennium Park was designed around the railroads which were considered to be private.
In 1977, after the completion of Grant Park, Chicago civic groups proposed the creation of "Lakefront Gardens for the Performing Arts." Unfortunately, the park was vastly under funded, and the Petrillo Music Shell was built instead as a compromise between the civic groups and the Chicago Park District.
Millennium Park was planned in 1998, when the issue of the unattractive railroad tracks and parking lots in the lakefront was brought up. Millennium Park was built over time to make the lakefront more appealing to visitors. Today the park consists of 24.5 acres of architecture, sculptures, and landscape design. Millennium Park is a massive achievement for the city of Chicago and a nice place to visit.
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