Mayor Richard M. Daley
Richard M. Daley has been the mayor of Chicago since 1989 and has been working to make Chicago the greenest city in America. Since he became mayor, the city has planted 400,000 trees and begun an effort to attract renewable energy companies and create a sustainable landscaping industry. Millennium Park, the most ambitious public/private undertaking in Chicago’s history, was constructed over railroad tracks and parking lots in downtown Chicago. This widely acclaimed showplace of architecture and the arts features a spectacular band shell designed by Frank Gehry, a popular reflecting sculpture design by Anish Kapoor, an interactive fountain designed by Jaume Plensa, and a garden designed by Katheryn Gustafson.