Exelon Pavilions

The Exelon Pavilions are four buildings that generate electricity from solar energy and provide access to underground parking in Millennium Park. The four pavilions, which cost USD 7 million, were designed in January 2001; construction began in January 2004. The Northeast Exelons are three stories high; the Northwest Exelones are two stories, and the South Pavils are each one story.

About Exelon Pavilions in brief

Summary Exelon PavilionsThe Exelon Pavilions are four buildings that generate electricity from solar energy and provide access to underground parking in Millennium Park. The four pavilions, which cost USD 7 million, were designed in January 2001; construction began in January 2004. The South Pavilion was completed and opened in July 2004, while the North PavilION was completed in November 2004, with a grand opening on April 30, 2005. Together the pavilion generate 19,840 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, worth about USD 2,350 per year. The city has what are termed the Montgomery Ward height restrictions on buildings and structures in Grant Park; structures over 40 feet tall are not allowed in the park, with the exception of bandshells. As of 2009, Millennium Park trailed only Navy Pier as a Chicago tourist attraction. The Northeast Exelons are three stories high; the Northwest Exelones are two stories, and the South Pavils are each one story. The pavilsions are named for Exel on, a Chicago-based company that generates the electricity transmitted by its subsidiary Commonwealth Edison, which donated USD 5.5 million for the pavilion design. The North Pavilion has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver rating from the United States Green Building Council, as well as an award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

The Harris Theater, which lies between the North and South PavILions, was built mostly underground to avoid the height restrictions. The Crown Fountain and the 139-foot Jay Pritzker Pavilion were exempt from theheight restrictions, because they were classified works of art and not buildings or structures. Shorter structures do not run afoul of height restrictions, which do not cover the Harris Theater. The Pavilion is two stories tall; the South Pavilion is one story; and the North Pavilion is three stories, two stories and the Southwest Pavilion is four stories, each story and the West Pavilion is five stories high. The Pavilsions cost USD 5million, and were designed by the same firm that designed the Millennium Park Millennium Park Pavilion, the architects of the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium and the Chicago Bears football stadium. They were completed in 2001 and 2004, and are located on the northern edge of the park along Randolph Street, and flank the Harris theater. They cost USD 6million, with construction costing USD 1.5million and USD 2million. They are located along Monroe Street, along the southern edge of Millennium Park along the Lurie Garden.