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Chicago's New Class Act

Reprinted from PN July 2005

What sets Millennium Park apart is its exemplary accessibility. As a result, the project director is this year's Barrier-Free America Award winner.

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The stage at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion is accessible not via stairs but by a gently sloping ramp.

The way access features have been seamlessly integrated into the parks design truly sets the standard for full inclusion of people with disabilities, says Karen Tamley, Chicago Mayors Office for People With Disabilities (MOPD) commissioner, about Millennium Park.

The facility opened on July 16, 2004, to much fanfare. Comprising 24.5 acres and costing approximately $475 million, Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, in downtown Chicago, slightly north of The Art Institute.

Through the tireless efforts of Mayor Richard M. Daley; the City of Chicago; MOPD; world-renowned architects, artists, designers, landscape architects, and planners; and Project Director Edward K. Uhlir, F.A.I.A., the city has created one of the most accessible parks—not just in the United States but possibly the world.

Get a bird's-eye view of this award-winning project—a world-class urban playground where young and old, urban and suburban dwellers, Chicago natives, and the global community can gather and enjoy the architectural treasures of one of the worlds true great cities.

 

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