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The Crown Fountain

Millennium Park

201 east randolph Chicago, Illinois 60602

(312) 742-5222

Michigan Avenue

Millennium Park | Explore Chicago


Crown Fountain in Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave and Columbus Ave

Chicago IL 60602

Phone: 312.742.1168

Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park is a major addition to the city's world-renowned public art collection.


The fountain consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out.


Plensa adapted this practice by having faces of Chicago citizens projected on LED screens and having water flow through an outlet in the screen to give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths. The collection of faces, Plensa's tribute to Chicagoans, was taken from a cross-section of 1,000 residents.


The fountain’s water features operate during the year between mid-spring and mid-fall, while the images remain on view year-round.


Millennium Park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by Michigan Avenue to the west, Columbus Drive to the east, Randolph Street to the north and Monroe Street to the south. For more information on shopping, dining and attractions near Millennium Park, visit Explore Chicago’s neighborhood page.


by Flight Attendant Black Travel Blogger Janice Temple Flight Attendant American Eagle Airlines

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Taken on September 15, 2012