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Cloud Gate, Chicago

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Have your picture taken with Cloud Gate, Chicago’s iconic bean-shaped sculpture. Located at Millennium Park in the heart of the city, the sculpture is made of 168 stainless-steel plates welded together, offering a seamless reflection of the looming Chicago skyline. Walk the circumference of the sculpture to admire the interplay of light and reflection as the city background moves with you. Plan to visit Cloud Gate and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Chicago attractions using our Chicago day trip planning site .
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  • Almost all the people around the gate take pictures of their funny moments. Also, you cannot miss the ice rink for skating near the gate in winter season; the exact period may different season to seas...  more »
  • So yeah, it's big and kinda neat. It's fun to be around the people and feel their excitement for it but generally speaking.... it's a mirror. A big one. In the middle of a park/ city. If you're close,...  more »
  • Great place to walk around, full of tourists - mind the panhandlers. Lots of photo opportunities to catch the amazing skyline reflected in the chrome bean. If you want to have it to yourself get there...  more »
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  • Love this place, beautiful views and a lot of people. Ha good place to do some shopping since its right off Michigan ave in downtown Chicago. Good place to people watch. Expect crowds always. Unless you’re an early bird. This a must see of the city so make sure you stop by. The bean, cloud gate.
  • I had been wanting to see this for quite some time and I had an occasion to be in downtown Chicago so I decided to make the best of my visit. Rounding the corner after coming up the steps that lead away from the Crown Fountain, my mouth kind of dropped at how large it actually is. I don't know why that took my breath away, but it did. Even with all the people swarming around like busy bees snapping photos and others slowly walking the perimeter to take it all in, it's still a massive piece of art. I love how you can't tell that it's made up of several core structures and panels because of the amount of buffing and polishing that has been done to make it seem like one cohesive shape. It really is beautiful. The huge mirrored cloud gate reflects everything high and low and and as you walk closer and closer you see the reflection of your self. I assume everyone has his own reflection (no pun intended) from visiting the cloud gate. I took it is as you see your reflection from the outside which is the same that is reflected to the world around you & as you enter the gate, all the reflections meld together in almost a oneness where we reflect upon ourselves introspectively and outwardly. We all may be the same when we see ourselves from inside and on the outside we so visibly see our differences, as does the rest of the world. Light on the outside, dark inside the gate, but we all bring a little light in with us. We just have to choose to see it. Anyway, it's something free to do and there is plenty of people watching to be done if you just want to sit and watch. Head over to the Crown Fountain which is just down the steps.
  • a great art piece. this is a great piece that really brings people of all ages together. i came here at night and in the morning and if it's possible... do it. you get a completely different view of it. it's still best when less people are there but also fun when it's crowded
  • What can I say about The Bean that hasn't been said before? I have always wanted to photograph the bean during sunrise and to capture it without people around the cloud gate or reflected on it. So I went there super early - like 6 am and I was the first one there and was able to capture it without the crowd which is really hard during the day or even during late evening or night. If you get the chance, you should do it- it is so calm and the sunrise colors are quite lovely
  • The Bean. One of Chicago's most famous and identifiable landmarks. ALWAYS busy, your best shot of a photograph with less people in it may be during midweek afternoons or very early in the morning. Doesn't matter if it is summer or winter, rain or shine, people always flock near this area and with good purpose. Shopping areas, mirrored bean, the Lake, this place has it all.

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