This do-it-yourself field trip guide to Millennium Park contains nine hands-on activities for elementary students with an emphasis on the city infrastructure. Features include the park’s history, maps and attractions, including Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), Pritzker Pavilion, the Lurie Garden, Crown Fountain and the underground train station. Millennium Park provides a lively, modern illustration of many of the themes of the Plan of Chicago— the importance of open space, transportation infrastructure and architectural integrity.
In October 2009, some 1,300 third graders from Chicago Public Schools field-tested the guide and their teachers came away with glowing reports. "These are kids who have never been downtown before," one techer said. "It's a valuable experience for them...to know the city is built for them."