Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The centerpiece of Millennium Park is the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States. Visible from Michigan Avenue and beyond, the Pavilion stands 120-feet high, with a billowing “headdress” of stainless steel ribbons that frame the proscenium opening, connecting to an overhead trellis of crisscrossing steel pipes that define the lawn seating area. The Pavilion has 4,000 fixed seats and capacity for an additional 7,000 people on the lawn.
With its open-air “acoustical canopy”, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion is among the most technologically advanced outdoor concert venues in the world, with digital innovations and enhanced sound, designed to create an acoustical environment that provides an unforgettable listening experience.
The Pavilion is named in memory of Chicago business leader Jay Pritzker, who with his wife Cindy, established the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1979. Ten years later, Frank Gehry was the 1989 Pritzker Prize Laureate.
The Jay Pritzker Pavilion will be home to the Grant Park Music Festival, which will celebrate its 70th season this summer as the nation’s only free outdoor summer classical music series. Performances begin on July 16, 2004 with a program featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus.
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