Millennium Park officially opens this weekend with all kinds of crap to do. The people who made it are really into it though:

Millennium Park is the crowning achievement of the vision set forth by the original founders of Chicago in 1837. The city’s motto, “Urbs In Horto” or “City in a Garden” has never rung truer.

I’m down with the park. The Frank Gehry designed pavilion and bridge look pretty great, especially considering what used to be there. But I’m not 100% on board with the “crowning achievement” stuff. I like a nice ice skating rink as much as the next straight guy, but there’s already a bunch of nice stuff to do right there. I suppose they want to justify the $475 million they paid for the landscaping by calling this more than it is. Also, is that the official city motto?

3 Comments so far

  1. seanbonner (unregistered) on July 17th, 2004 @ 7:09 am

    I lived in Chicago for 5 years and never saw this so card Garden surrounding the City? Where the hell is it? Westchester?

  2. JosephFinn (unregistered) on July 17th, 2004 @ 12:59 pm

    Yes, it weirdly is the official motto.

  3. Jason DeFillippo (unregistered) on July 20th, 2004 @ 4:44 am

    I was leaving when it was just a traffic nuisance and a big fucking hole in the ground. Can someone pop up a photo? If not I’m coming to town in early August so maybe I’ll swing down and just see it.

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