Saturday, October 20, 2018

Valerie Jardin Workshops >> NYC, Berlin, Paris and more!

 

Street Photography


NEW YORK CITY: 2-day street photography workshop on March 15-16 2019 is now open for registration! Click here for details

BERLIN,Germany: 3-day street photography workshop on August 23-25 2019 is now open for registration! Click here for details.   

PARIS in January: Some space left for a weekend of street photography. Don't wait too long. Click here for details.

All other photography workshops listed here.

 
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If you are interested in more than just street photography, a week in PARIS or NORMANDY are the perfect workshops for you. Visit the list of all available workshops here

 
 
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Friday, October 19, 2018

54th Chicago Int'l Film Festival Announces Winners!

 


  
 
 

HAPPY AS LAZZARO AND ASH IS PUREST WHITE
ARE TOP WINNERS AT THE
54TH CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
 
Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro wins the Gold Hugo for its poetic cinematic language while Jia Zhangke’s latest masterpiece takes home the Silver Hugo for Best Director
and Best Actress
 
Films from Vietnam, Australia, Peru, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Mexico and United States are among the major winners across the Festival’s other competitions
 
  The 54th Chicago International Film Festival tonight hosted its Awards Ceremony at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., celebrating the films chosen as the award winners by the Festival juries. Prizes were awarded to films in the following categories: International Feature Film Competition; New Directors Competition; International Documentary Competition; Out-Look Competition; and Short Film Competition. The Chicago Award and the Founder’s Award were also presented.
 
Taking home the top prize, the Gold Hugo for Best Film, in the International Feature Film Competition, is director Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro (Italy/Switzerland/Germany/France), a film the jury recognized for its poetic cinematic language and formal rigor. The Silver Hugo for Best Director was awarded to Jia Zhangke for Ash Is Purest White (China/France) and the Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize was awarded to Joy (Austria), directed by Sudabeh Mortezai. Director Ash Mayfair took home top honors in the New Directors Competition with a Gold Hugo for The Third Wife (Vietnam) and the Silver Hugo was awarded to Joël Karekezi for The Mercy of the Jungle (Belgium/France/Rwanda). The Roger Ebert Award, presented to an emerging filmmaker with a fresh and uncompromising vision, was awarded to directors Andréa Bescond and Eric Métayer for Little Tickles (France), and the Chicago Award was presented to Michael Paulucci for Hashtag Perfect Life. The Founder’s Award, given to one film across all categories that captures the spirit of the Chicago International Film Festival for its unique and innovative approach to the art of the moving image, was presented to Felix van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy.
 
 
 
“Each year, the films presented in our competitions represent the excellence and diversity of filmmaking from around the world, and this year was no exception,” said Festival Artistic Director Mimi Plauché. “We are proud to honor these extraordinary films from around the world and here at home, saluting a diverse lineup of singular filmmakers and their work.”
 
Select award-winning films will be screened during the Festival’s Best of the Fest program on Sunday, October 21. The complete list of honorees is as follows:
 
International Feature Film Competition
Gold Hugo: Best Film
Happy as Lazzaro
Italy/Switzerland/France/Germany
Dir. Alice Rohrwacher
The Gold Hugo for Best Film goes to Happy as Lazzaro (dir. Alice Rohrwacher, Italy). For profoundly enchanting, surprising, and moving us through a poetic cinematic language that is both genuine and rigorous, while intertwining past and present into a highly original, engrossing, layered, and uncanny viewing experience that invites us to face our own humanity with mystery, grace, and lyricism.
 
Silver Hugo: Special Jury Prize
Joy
Austria
Dir. Sudabeh Mortezai
The Silver Hugo Special Jury Award goes to Joy (dir. Sudabeh Mortezai, Austria). This film shows in an honest and raw way the conflicts of two sex workers of Nigeria in Europe, showing in a truthful and consistent style the cycle of exploitation. Moral dilemmas and guilt are exposed carefully in this sincere social drama.
 
Silver Hugo: Best Director
Jia Zhangke, Ash Is Purest White
China/France
The Silver Hugo for Best Director goes to Jia Zhangke (China) for Ash Is Purest White, which was shot with masterfully crafted mise en scene that allows us to observe the complexity of its characters and the evolution of a country.
 
Silver Hugo: Best Actor
Jesper Christensen, Before the Frost
Denmark
The Silver Hugo for Best Actor goes to Jesper Christensen (Before the Frost, dir. Michael Noer, Denmark), whose face shifts like the world around him. He leads us through the crevices of his soul as he tries to catch hold of his desires and dreams that keep slipping from his grasp.
 
Silver Hugo: Best Actress
Zhao Tao, Ash is Purest White
China/France
The Silver Hugo for Best Actress goes to Zhao Tao (Ash Is Purest White, dir. Jia Zhangke, China). who plays the role of Quio, who takes us on a 20-year journey through the fast changing landscape and morays of her country. Tao burns with brilliance, wit, and ferociousness as a woman whose steps are haunted by her history and what may come next.
 
 
Silver Plaque: Best Screenplay
Stéphane Brizé and Olivier Gorce, At War
France
The Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay goes to Stéphane Brizé and Olivier Gorce (At War, dir. Stéphane Brizé, France) for articulating and bringing light to an important political issue which reflects the anxiety of our contemporary society and the precariousness of our livelihood.
 
Silver Plaque: Best Cinematography
David Gallego, Birds of Passage
Colombia/Mexico/Denmark/France
The Silver Plaque for Best Cinematography goes to David Gallego for Birds of Passage (Colombia). Its  stunning compositions and expressive use of color reflects the deep emotions and conflicts the characters experience.
 
Silver Plaque: Best Art Direction
Angélica Parea, Birds of Passage
Colombia/Mexico/Denmark/France
The Silver Plaque for Best Art Direction goes to Angélica Parea for Birds of Passage (Colombia) for its exquisite and poetic use of the spectacular locations of the desert of Guajira to tell the rise and fall of an indigenous family ravaged by the drug trade.
 
New Directors Competition
Gold Hugo
The Third Wife
Vietnam
Dir. Ash Mayfair
The Gold Hugo goes to The Third Wife. Ash Mayfair’s lush, assured debut feature follows a 14-year-old girl as she enters a wealthy household. Mayfair’s unshakeable vision grants the women of this world an individuality their society rejects, treating them as creations as wondrous as the natural world that surrounds them, as the film builds to a staggering climax that devastates and thrills in equal measure.
 
Silver Hugo
The Mercy of the Jungle
Belgium/France/Rwanda
Dir. Joël Karekezi
The Silver Hugo goes to The Mercy of the Jungle, an intimate two-hander set at the outbreak of the Second Congo War. Separated from their unit, a Sergeant and a Private take to the jungle as their only means of survival, a setting that swallows the camera and the audience as completely as the war itself envelopes the lives of these two young men, countless innocent civilians, and the land itself.
 
Roger Ebert Award
Little Tickles
France
Dirs. Andréa Bescond, Eric Métayer
The Roger Ebert Award goes to Little Tickles, a visceral, personal, and endlessly inventive portrait of a woman whose memories and present actions are continuously and irrevocably shaped by horrific childhood sexual abuse. Writer/directors Andréa Bescond and Eric Métayer dive unflinchingly into the mind of dancer Odette (played with staggering vigor by Bescond), using the mutability of memory and the expressions of the body to steer the audience and protagonist alike toward healing, reconciliation, and something like peace.
 
Documentary Competition
Gold Hugo
[Censored]
Australia
Dir. Sari Braithwaite
The Gold Hugo goes to [Censored] a film that stitches together decades-old archival fragments of male violence into something shockingly contemporary, a film that distills the essence of a cinematic patriarchy through tightly woven montage that is unflinching and difficult to watch, yet essential.   
 
Silver Hugo
Ex-Shaman
Brazil
Dir.  Luiz Bolognesi
The Silver Hugo goes to Ex-Shaman for its hauntingly lyrical and deeply cinematic variations of the themes  of colonialism, oppression, alienation, dignity and rebellion. This film, a collaboration with the Amazônia tribe ‘Paiter Surui’, achieves a powerful and mysterious lucidity. This work is even more important because the highly corrupt racist Jair Bolsonaro is likely to become the next president of Brazil, which could deal a deathblow to indigenous people’s desire for autonomy and access to ancestral lands.  
 
Silver Hugo
The Raft
Sweden
Dir. Marcus Lindeen
For the expertly crafted, visually inventive and absorbing retelling of one long strange trip across international waters and into the depths of human nature – the jury awards the Silver Hugo to Marcus Lindeen’s riveting film, The Raft.   
 
Out-Look Competition
Gold Q-Hugo
Retablo
Peru/Germany/Norway
Dir. Alvaro Delgado Aparicio
Through a discreetly powerful mise en scène, Retablo is a delicately crafted story of art, transmission, and voyeurism. Using magnificent cinematography, creative direction of already nuanced actors, and a stunning attention to detail, this film delivers a precious, striking portrait of a land, a community, a family, and a man-to-be.
 
Silver Q-Hugo
Rafiki
Kenya/South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France/Norway/Lebanon
Dir. Wanuri Kahiu
A marvelously vivid film filled with color and hope, Rafiki was initially banned in its native Kenya for its sensitive, gripping portrayal of two young women falling in love across boundaries of class, politics, and mobility. Its undying heart, however, cements its narrative vitality in a period of global human rights retrenchment.
 
Special Mention
Hard Paint
Brazil
Dirs. Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon
For its courageous invention and for situating queer identity within carefully observed intersectional economic and political concerns, we give Hard Paint an honorable mention.
 
Documentary Short Film Competition
Silver Hugo:
Circle
U.K./Canada/India
Dir. Jayisha Patel
A cinematic masterpiece, Circle is made with a raw intimacy that is uncomfortable, personal, painful, and necessary. Patel articulates the universal cycle of abuse that women endure and, through this story, the pain of women across the globe.
 
Gold Plaque:
Edgecombe
U.S.
Crystal Kayiza
Beautiful imagery and discreetly powerful sound design gracefully reveal the immeasurable strength and hope that spans well past the three generations shared by the protagonists.
 
Special Mention:
Black 14
U.S.
Dir. Darius Clark Monroe
Black 14 earns this honorable mention for its masterful mining of the past, showing us the present, and shaping the future with a film that is beautifully edited and executed with a sharp storytelling eye.
 
Animated Short Film Competition
Silver Hugo:
Bloeistraat 11
The Netherlands
Nienke Deutz
For its innovative blend of animation techniques and careful use of material, the film creates an embodied awareness of its coming-of-age topic. It visually expresses the awkwardness of growing up with confidence and clarity.
 
Gold Plaque:
Weekends
U.S.
Trevor Jimenez
This film is honored for its exacting grasp of the medium that carries a human warmth of narrative.
 
Special Mention:
Opening Night
U.S.
Margaret Bialis
The film is a humorous and succinct grasp of human psychology through relationships and song.
 
Live Action Short Film Competition
Gold Hugo
Mamartuille
Mexico
Dir. Alejandro Saevich
Recognized for stylistic distinction in direction, cinematograph, social relevance, satirical commentary, and performance quality, the film is a timely, subtle, and poignant accusation of the limitations of government told through a smart, humanistic examination of the leaders behind the decisions that shape our world. Such a portrayal is becoming increasingly relatable globally; the film is an exemplary use of the medium.
 
Silver Hugo
Hair Wolf
U.S.
Dir. Mariama Diallo
The film is honored for its lush, eye-popping production design and its confident and sharp writing and performances. Hair Wolf is a simmering and wicked commentary on cultural appropriation, power, and love in the soul-sucking age of social media.
 
Special Mention
Nyi ma lay
Singapore
Dir. Wei Liang Chiang
In one single continuous shot, Nyl Ma Lay captures both the fragility and the mystery of the human condition. This short film provides an enormous amount of tension and pathos and is engaging across all cultures and languages.
 
Chicago Award
Hashtag Perfect Life
U.S.
Dir. Michael Paulucci
This year's Chicago Award goes to Hashtag Perfect Life, a darkly comic, brilliantly acted, formally bold short film that tackles, with startling incisiveness, the grinding, soul-numbing superficiality of the digital age. Underneath its hilarious and queasy surface, Michael Paulucci's satirical fable is a profoundly sad requiem for a kind and thoughtful world.
 
Founder’s Award
Beautiful Boy
U.S.
Dir. Felix van Groeningen
The Founder's Award is personally presented by Festival Founder Michael Kutza to the single film across all categories he feels best embodies the spirit of curiosity, optimism and love of film that led to his starting the Chicago International Film Festival 55 years ago. “Beautiful Boy is an emotional drama which remains full of hope and humanity with two of the most stunning performances of the year,” remarked Kutza.
 
For a press release listing jury members, click here.
 
 
           
 
 
Festival and Ticket Information
The 54th Chicago International Film Festival runs Oct. 10-21, 2018 at the AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St., and features more than 150 films, with a vast diversity of offerings, with numerous competitive categories and several highlight programs such as Black Perspectives, Cinemas of the Americas, International Comedy, Spotlight: Italy, Women in Cinema, Out-Look, After Dark and the City & State program (showcasing films made in Chicago and throughout Illinois.)
Individual tickets ($8 to $20) and Gala Presentation tickets ($20 to $150) are now on sale. Discounted parking is available at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois Street). For more information, visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com or call 312-332-3456.
 
Festival and Ticket Information
The 54th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include Premiere Sponsors: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Wintrust Community Banks; Official Wine Sponsor: Chloe Wine Collection; Education Sponsor: HBO; Participating Sponsor: British International School of Chicago; Airline Partner: LOT Polish Airlines; Headquarters Hotel: St. Jane Hotel; Event Partners: AMC Theaters, The Gwen Hotel, Little Goat Diner; Platinum Media Partner: NCM; This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Additional support provided by the Illinois Film Office, Chicago Film Office, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and Lagunitas Brewing Company.
 
About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round nonprofit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. Cinema/Chicago's programs include the Chicago International Film Festival, International Screenings Program, Chicago International Television Festival, CineYouth Festival, and year-round Education Program. Celebrating its 54th edition October 10-21, 2018, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America's longest-running competitive film festival. For more information, please visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo and Twitter.
 
 
 

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Millennium Park Holiday Season Programming starts Nov. 16 - Ice Skating, Christmas Tree Lighting, Holiday Market, Caroling and MORE!



 



CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE MILLENNIUM PARK CAMPUS
The FREE fun begins with the 105th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, the NEW Millennium Park Holiday Art Market and the opening of the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink on November 16.

Millennium Park will be the epicenter of holiday cheer in Chicago, featuring your favorite seasonal traditions, Chicago’s official Christmas Tree, ice skating, music, exhibitions, a NEW holiday art market, the Lurie Garden in winter and free family fun. The Millennium Park Campus is comprised of events and attractions at Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, Maggie Daley Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Harris Theater and Park Grill. For the complete schedule of events, visit millenniumpark.org.

Topping the list of traditions is the 105th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16, in Millennium Park at Washington St. and Michigan Ave. at 6 p.m. Miguel Cervantes, Alexander Hamilton  in the Hamilton Chicago Company currently playing Broadway In Chicago’s CIBC Theatre, will serve as the emcee for the program featuring music and special guests. Nominations for Chicago’s Christmas Tree are now being accepted through October 19. For details, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase. The selected tree will be announced in the news few weeks, along with the entertainment lineup for the Tree Lighting. The Christmas Tree will be on view through the first week of January.

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park will open earlier in the day on Friday, November 16, at noon, with skating continuing through MidMarch 2019. The ice rink will offer skating with a twist this season through Themed Skate Nights on most Thursdays, November 29March 7, 6���8 p.m. Skaters are invited to put on a festive costume and join us for themed ice skating parties hosted by local Chicago DJs.

NEW this year, the Millennium Park Holiday Art Market with School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago and After School Matters will feature one-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, fashion, painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and more on sale by more than 150 student artists. Part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth, the Holiday Art Market is supported by the Millennium Park Foundation. The market is free admission and will run November 16–18, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. in a heated tent on the Chase Promenade North.

Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics during Caroling at Cloud Gate. This festive series is part concert, part sing-along at Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean” on Fridays, November 23 through December 14 with a bonus performance on Wednesday, December 12. Concerts are free and scheduled from 6 until 7 p.m., weather permitting.

There’s more skating and family fun just across the BP Bridge at the Skating Ribbon in Maggie Daley Park. The Wreathing of the Lions has been a tradition at the Art Institute of Chicago for more than 25 years; watch on November 23 as cheery holiday wreaths are placed on the regal lion statues on the museum steps (where they’re up all season), then head inside for art-making activities. And you won’t want to miss the Dance-Along Nutcracker® at the Chicago Cultural Center on December 2—with dance lessons and live music for children of all ages and abilities under the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome.

Admission is FREE to all Millennium Park holiday events and made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation, with support from the Chicago Transit Authority. For information about Millennium Park, visit millenniumpark.org, call 312-742-1168, and join the conversation on Facebook (Millennium Park), Twitter and Instagram (@Millennium_Park).

For information about the Chicago Cultural Center, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org, call 312-744-3316, and join the conversation on Facebook (Chicago Cultural Center), Twitter and Instagram (@ChiCulturCenter).

And for information about programs presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase, call 312-744-3316, and join the conversation on Facebook (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events), Twitter and Instagram (@ChicagoDCASE) #ChiHolidays.

NEW! Millennium Park Holiday Art Market with School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago and After School Matters
November 16–18, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North
FREE Admission
Start your holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, fashion, painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and more on sale by more than 150 student artists. The Holiday Art Market is supported by the Millennium Park Foundation and part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth program.

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, Michigan Ave. between Washington St. & Monroe St.
November 16–March, weather dependent, visit websites for hours
NEW! Themed Skate Nights on most Thursdays, November 29March 7, 68 p.m. Skaters are invited to put on a festive costume and join us for themed ice skating parties hosted by local Chicago DJs. Visit website for dates and themes.
FREE Admission; Skate rental is $13 Mon–Thu and $15 Fri – Sun/Holidays

105th Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 16, 6 p.m.
Millennium Park, Wrigley Square, Michigan Ave. & Randolph St.
FREE Admission
Enjoy the glittering tree set among Chicago’s sparkling skyline and the iconic art and architecture of Millennium Park. Miguel Cervantes, star of Hamilton Chicago Company playing Broadway In Chicago’s CIBC Theatre, will serve as the emcee for the ceremony featuring music and special guests.

Caroling at Cloud Gate
Fridays, November 23 & 30, December 7 & 14, and Wednesday, December 12, 7 p.m.
Millennium Park, Cloud Gate
FREE Admission
Bundle up and belt out some holiday classics as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song.

Dance-Along Nutcracker®
Sunday, December 2, Dance Lessons at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Performances at noon & 3 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
FREE Admission
Sugar plum fairies and mouse kings of all ages and abilities are invited to point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic.
The Dance-Along Nutcracker®, created in 1985, is the property of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the world’s first openly gay musical organization.

Events presented by Millennium Park Campus collaborators

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon
337 E. Randolph St.
November 16 – March, weather dependent, visit websites for hours
Skate with Santa: Saturday, December 15, 10 a.m.–noon
FREE Admission; Skate rental is $13 Mon–Thu and $15 Fri–Sun/Holidays
$40 Fast Passes are available

Exelon Family Series: Opera Atelier
Saturday, November 17, 2 p.m.
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.
$18 tickets at harristheaterchicago.org

Wreathing of the Lions
Friday, November 23, 10 a.m.
Outdoor wreathing is FREE; museum entry requires general admission, though children under 14 are FREE Admission
Start the winter season with this Chicago family favorite. The outdoor ceremony, emceed by cast members from the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker, celebrates the 125th anniversary of the museum’s Michigan Avenue home. Then move indoors to enjoy fun-filled art activities at the Ryan Learning Center.
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Art Institute 125th Anniversary
Saturday, December 8, Noon & 2 p.m.
Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.
Gallery talks are FREE with museum general admission and children under 14 are FREE
Join us in the galleries for talks celebrating the Art Institute's remarkable 125 years of history since opening its doors on Michigan Avenue on December 8, 1893. 
artic.edu

Live Music Now! Young People’s Concert with Millar Brass
Wednesday, December 12, 10:30 a.m. and noon performances
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
FREE

16th Annual Gingerbread House Making Brunch
Sunday, December 16, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. & 1–4 p.m.
Park Grill, 11 N. Michigan Ave.
$25 per gingerbread house at eventbrite.com/e/gingerbread-house-decorating-brunch-at-millennium-park-tickets-50006527871
Enjoy decorating a gingerbread house complete with candy, icing treats and a hot chocolate bar. A la carte brunch menu will be available from 10am to 4pm.

Do-it-Yourself Messiah
December 17 & 18, 7 p.m.
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Dr.
$15 tickets at harristheaterchicago.org.
The Do-It-Yourself Messiah brings together a world-class conductor and soloists, an all-volunteer orchestra of local professionals and amateur musicians and you, with the other 1,500 audience members in a thrilling performance of Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah. imfchicago.org/programs/do-it-yourself-messiah

Millennium Park Campus holiday events are produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago Park District, Lurie Garden, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Harris Theater, the International Music Foundation and The Park Grill & Plaza at Millennium Park. For the latest news and events, download the Millennium Park app, visit millenniumpark.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @Millennium_Park.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicagos artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicagos non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the Citys future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the Citys cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase.

Millennium Park Foundation
The Millennium Park Foundation, a private, philanthropic nonprofit partner, was created in 1998 to support the City of Chicago’s efforts in the design, construction, and curation of Millennium Park. It is the steward of Millennium Park’s internationally-recognized icons and public features. These include the prestigious Jay Pritzker Pavilion and dramatic BP Pedestrian Bridge, world-renowned Cloud Gate and Lurie Garden, iconic Crown Fountain, and exquisite Boeing Galleries for public art exhibitions. Through its ongoing development initiatives, the Millennium Park Foundation is dedicated to keeping Millennium Park a free, accessible and equitable venue for all Chicagoans today, and for generations to come.