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Millennium Park Is New Top Midwest Visitor Destination

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Source: Chicago Tribune

Navy Pier is no longer the top tourist attraction in Chicago and the Midwest, according to a newly applied crowd-counting methodology.

The pier hasn't lost visitors, but Millennium Park gained lots of them in the new tally that would vault it into first place even as it is taking on an expanded mission. The free park east of the Loop hosted 12.9 million visitors in the second half of 2016 alone, according to the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, which commissioned the head count.

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