MBRE-Managed Public Spaces Energize Downtown Chicago Beyond Business Hours
Chicago, IL | July 23, 2019
Fulton Market and River North aren’t the only places in downtown Chicago with exciting stuff to do when the office is closed. You may not think of Millennium Park or Maggie Daley Park when making your late night and weekend plans, but both of these MBRE-managed public spaces offer activities for the whole family well past business hours, every day of the week. Not to mention, the Chicago Riverwalk has come a long way in the last few years and has plenty of dining and entertainment options with views you can’t get anywhere else in the city.
Millennium Park just turned 15 years old and in its short life has become a world-renowned destination for travelers and Chicagoans alike. If you work in and around the Loop, it can be a convenient escape from a hectic work day. But the park has a lot to offer after work too, and many of its city-run events and programs are free for guests. Two of Millennium Park’s most popular programs are the Summer Music and Film Series held every year featuring artists like Yo-Yo Ma and fun classics like 10 Thing I Hate About You. You may not think of Millennium Park as a place to spend your weekends, but the park also has different family friendly events like the Chicago Jazz Festival happening August 29th-1st that take place throughout the summer. You can learn more about Millennium Park and check out their event schedule here.
Maggie Daley Park is relatively new to the Chicago scene and known for its quirky Play Garden, huge outdoor Climbing Wall, and year-round Skating Ribbon. It may seem like a kid’s paradise, but the park has a ton of activities for adults too. Every month, you can attend one of our 21 & Upward events and enjoy unlimited climbing, beer from Revolution Brewing, and pizza from Aurelio’s after work. You can also enjoy mini golf featuring replicas of Chicago’s iconic structures and open every day until 9pm.
For families, Maggie Daley Park hosts regular Family Game Nights and seasonal festivities appropriate for all ages, many of which happen on Saturdays if you can’t decide what to do with the kids when they’re not in school. And in case you weren’t aware, the park offers 20% off climbing for Chicago residents, and the Skating Ribbon is free if you bring your own scooter or roller skates. Click here to learn more about Maggie Daley Park and everything it has to offer.
Finally, you may already know that the Chicago Riverwalk has a variety of venues from cool riverside restaurants and bars to kayaking and boat cruises. But did you know how much it’s changed just in the last year? Almost every night, you can catch DJs or live bands playing along the Chicago River while enjoying one of a growing number of dining options. You can also check out Art on the Mart, a digital art projection spanning 2.5 acres on the side of Merchandise Mart every night in the summer from sunset to 11pm. This year, the Riverwalk welcomed the addition of the Community Marketplace featuring local grub from Justice of the Pies, Chiya Chai, and many other neighborhood spots that will also be open until 11pm. Click here to learn more about the Chicago Riverwalk and what you can expect in the coming years.
You might think it’s a ghost town after 5pm and on weekends, but MBRE-managed Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, and the Chicago Riverwalk bring life to downtown Chicago well after the office has closed. Rethink your late nights and weekends, and come see what the city’s public spaces have to offer.
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