Cloud Gate

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201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL, USA

Cloud Gate Chicago Reviews

vulindlela vulindle…
127 reviews
Must see freebie! Mar 20, 2014
I have been to Chicago many times since it is so close to Indianapolis, but have never done many tourist things.

I was in town to get a Brazil visa last week and had some free time, so I made this my first stop.

I would say it is best to go early morning as I did, because you have the sunrise from the east shining down on it, and there are no crowds.

Walk around "the bean" and take in the different looks. I found it to be a fascinating piece of art. My favorite look was directly underneath it.

The bean is easy to get to in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Shot from underneath
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spicyricecake says:
I love the bean! I'm there almost every time I'm in Chicago (by myself, that is, for some reason most others I go with don't seem to care for it). Last time I was there I saw a proposal there :)
Posted on: Jun 03, 2014
jethanad says:
:) such a fun object , every one calls it "the bean" , it fits, but I like to think of it as a "soapy bubble" slippery (looks) , fragile, shiny, the light reflecting in so many different ways.
Posted on: Apr 02, 2014
ahtibat17 says:
Good to know those helpful tips! May be making a weekend Chicago trip this summer, and I definitely want to visit the bean.
Posted on: Mar 21, 2014
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aki_teerapong aki_teer…
1 reviews
Millennium Park in Chicago Jul 11, 2014
This is the first time that I visited in Chicago,IL USA.

There have so many attraction to see. And you can spend Moe time to visit Field Museum Chicago it very interested for me. And enjoy to see high building around the city which this city have background for Transformer Movie. You will enjoy with the light after the sunset around this place also. The view will look different from the day. The city you can visit any time but I select the month of MAY to visit which the weather is quite nice. there have some rain and wind. as the name of this city is windy city. You will have a great time with nice weather.
The Bean, Cloud Gate
vances vances
462 reviews
Bean there, done that... Oct 12, 2013
So I had to see the Bean when I returned to Chicago, but only because I was made aware of its existence by photos here on TB. Confess I was motivated purely by the sense it was a “must see” without knowing many details – but am I ever glad I took the plunge. Let me attempt to do justice to this amazing piece of art.

The magnificent aspect of the sculpture is how it reflects everything. Made from 168 stainless steel sheets welded together (though there are no visible seams), the structure weighs roughly 100 tons and has a history reminiscent of Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence, Italy. The design won a competition to be featured in Millennium Park, but afterwards there was serious doubt it could actually be realized.

Of course there was a happy ending, and it is a unique structure. I spent quite a bit of time just walking around and absorbing the different views it reflected: the Chicago skyline here, the clouds, the folks enjoying it there, etc., etc. The Bean presents its subject matter with a dynamic combination of vividness and “fun house” distortions. Perhaps that seems a contradiction, but even where views are bent out of their natural state, the reflection is crystal clear.

Walking beneath the Bean is awesome – you are presented with multiple reflections here and it is an entirely different attraction from the balance of the sculpture. What I found remarkable was how clean and clear the surface was. Between all the guests touching it and knowing how quickly birds cover my mailbox with poop, this begged some research. Turns out the Bean is hand wiped two times every day with Windex, and a more determined cleansing twice yearly with Tide, lol.

The Bean truly is a captivating piece of art and you get to savor it at no cost. A must if you hit the Windy City!
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7 / 7 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
missandrea81 says:
Nice review. Sometimes you have to see it in person to "get it." Hope I get to say "bean there, done that" in the near future. ;)
Posted on: Nov 03, 2013
reikunboy says:
Nice review, Vance. I also thought it was one of those places 'been there, done that'.
Posted on: Oct 26, 2013
spocklogic says:
It's just plain big! What will Human Beans think of next?
Posted on: Oct 26, 2013
gr8guy gr8guy
37 reviews
Cloud Gate at Millennium Park Apr 24, 2011
Here is something fun you can do while you are visiting the windy city of Chicago. If you are looking to burn off a few calories from stuffing your face with pizza, then stroll on down to Cloud Gate, the official name of the area that holds the famous chrome "Bean" sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor. It is really a breathtaking reflective art peace built of stainless steel and measures 33 ft x 42 ft x 66 ft (10m x 13m x 20m for my metric friends).

This park is open to the public everyday and is situated near the shores of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago. It is THE thing to do on warm spring and summer days.

Parking is right under the park (for about 12-18 dollars) for the whole day.

Millennium Park, Chicago Illinois
Millennium Park, Chicago Illinois
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Millennium Park, Chicago Illinois
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emilloy emilloy
2 reviews
The Bean! Jun 18, 2011
Cloud Gate is a reflective bean-shaped sculpture located downtown. It's worth the visit so you can take distorted pictures of yourself reflected off the surface. Other than that, there's not much too it.
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