Story Map - an Interactive Guide to Region's Sites

The Millennium Reserve Story Map is an interactive website tool that offers a convenient way to help plan a day – or just learn more about a wide variety of sites in the region. Categories of sites featured in the story map include Arts & Culture, African American Experience, Industry Innovators, Waterfront, and On the Town.

Arts & Culture
From Chicago’s oldest standing home to a mural immortalizing one of the most famous scenes in one of the most memorable movies ever filmed in Chicago, Millennium Reserve hosts an array of cultural institutions, art galleries, and performance theaters. Immerse yourself in beauty, history, and urbanity by visiting one of these sites, which embody the creativity and ingenuity of the people of our region.

African American Experience
The Millennium Reserve region boasts an incredibly rich and diverse range of African American history, heritage and culture, industry, and much more. Chicago’s southeast lakefront region, in particular, defines the past, present, and future of African American people – marginalized yet outspoken about repression; barrier-breaking when there was no rule book; soulful, inspired, and brilliant. These destinations are just a few of those that capture the resilience and spirit of the Black experience. Consider the Black Metropolis Great Migration Pullman Porter Blues Tour for a guided excursion.

Industry Innovators
Sausage, steel, soap, and wheels—all this and more is made right here in Millennium Reserve. Our region has long played a lead role in Chicago’s industrial chronicles—and these places proudly represent the thousands of local entrepreneurs and innovators who have turned their ideas into big (and small) business in the Region That Works.

Lake Michigan’s lakefront and the many waterways within Millennium Reserve provide ample opportunities to relax by the water. There are beaches for taking in the sun and multiple spots for great fishing. Boating, kayaking, and canoeing the waterways provides a new perspective on the industrial, cultural, and natural sights of the region. The biggest challenge is deciding which place to explore first!

On the Town
Whether you’re on a date or out with friends, you’ll find fine dining, craft brews, live music, and more in Millennium Reserve. From large venues like Northerly Island to the intimate Towle Theater, from soul food at Pearl’s Place to public art in Flossmoor, whatever your mood, day or night, Millennium Reserve will wine, dine, and entertain you.