Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry, is the new home for Chicago's Grant Park Symphony, which has been providing free summer concerts in downtown Chicago for nearly seventy years. It seats up to 11,000 people (4,000 fixed seats + 7,000 grass seats) A giant trellis extends over the entire seating area, providing support for a state of the art sound system meant to replicate an indoor concert hall sound experience. In order to enhance the experience even more, Gehry enlarged the size of the proscenium to draw people in. He also designed large glass doors which close off the stage during the cold winters, allowing performances to take place year round. The project was funded by the Pritzker family, who also founded the Pritzker prize, architecture's most prestigious honor.