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T+L Dishes Out Design Kudos for (Unphotographable) Millennium Park

By Andrew Peerless in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 10, 2005 2:57PM

2005_2_Bean.jpgChicagoist got all wonked out of shape earlier this week about the (utterly ridiculous) photography ban at Millennium Park, but while we were raising our eyebrows and shaking our heads, Travel + Leisure magazine was dripping sugar-coated goodwill all over our city’s new gem.

T+L is presenting the world with a new annual feature, The Design Awards, implemented to recognize the best in worldwide design and architecture from the previous year. T+L editors created eleven travel-related categories, which run the gamut from luggage to hotels, from infrastructure to museums. When it came to the “Public Space” category, Millennium Park took top honors for its “simultaneous embodiment of aesthetic risk-taking and public service”. The blurb even goes as far as calling Millennium Park “the transformation of the American city.” Not bad!

Chicagoist really digs design, and even digs Millennium Park, but hopes that - as the American city transforms - we can all continue to take pictures of whatever we like, especially in public. Since we can't, for now, the illustration above will have to suffice.