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MILLENNIUM PARK: HISTORY

Vision for park grew over decades

'Millennium Park was first conceived in 1997," proclaims a City of Chicago Web site, "with the original mission of creating new parkland in Grant Park to transform the unsightly railroad tracks and parking lots that had long dotted the lakefront in prime real estate in downtown Chicago."  MORE>>

MILLENNIUM PARK: HISTORY

MILLENNIUM PARK: HISTORY

How a budget tripled in six years

When Mayor Richard M. Daley announced the building of Millennium Park in 1998, it sounded like a classic Chicago park with a few added features.  MORE>>

MILLENNIUM PARK: HISTORY

More Millenniums

As Chicago prepares to open Millennium Park — four years late and $325 million over budget — a Tribune review of major millennium projects around the world reveals a common theme: Big plans typically are beset with big problems.  MORE>>

MILLENNIUM PARK: HISTORY

Tracking the building of a park

Though Millennium Park was first proposed in 1998, most of the construction did not begin until 2000. Its debut in 2004 is four years behind schedule.  MORE>>

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