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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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  • Beautiful reflections of the sky, buildings and people which looks like a painting, except it constantly changes as people move around. It was incredibly difficult to build yet looks so simple, a... 
    Beautiful reflections of the sky, buildings and people which looks like a painting, except it constantly changes as people move around. It was incredibly difficult to build yet looks so simple, a...  more »
  • Had to go through long line and metal detection at security as a result of crime in Chicago. Security guard working the metal detector took my friends pepper spray. Seems counterintuitive since, as I....  more
    Had to go through long line and metal detection at security as a result of crime in Chicago. Security guard working the metal detector took my friends pepper spray. Seems counterintuitive since, as I....  more »
  • A must see in downtown Chicago, fun place to walk around and take some pictures. There are lot of other things to see and do in the area, all walkable. 
    A must see in downtown Chicago, fun place to walk around and take some pictures. There are lot of other things to see and do in the area, all walkable.  more »
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  • An icon of Chicago not to be missed! You've seen it in movies and shows, and it looks just as spectacular and intriguing in person. I recommend being there before 8am to get almost unblocked (by people) views and photos. Every angle is different and unique in its own way, so take your time to take lots of postcard worthy pictures.
  • You can't go to Chicago without seeing the "bean", right?! This is such a neat art display and so much fun. Each and every angle is different and it's fun viewing yourself in different spots and sections. The plaza is wide and open giving you plenty of room to view from many sides and wait for the perfect moment to venture in for your personal close-up. Definitely don't miss out on this one!
  • This is Chicago's icon. When you visit Chicago, firstly you should come here to see this art. Each season, this place is crowded because not only tourists but also Chicago's public comes together here. Therefore, be careful against Corona Virus. Once I saw this bean from away, I thought it is just metal. However, when I came closer, I noticed the geometric shape, curve, transparency, and reflectiveness. That affected me deeply. You can take a different type of your photo thanks to its reflectiveness. I wish I have a chance to see this place in summer. Unfortunately, I am too away from there.
  • The Bean is a pretty neat experience. A giant chrome coffee bean. Some days it is very crowded. The underside of the bean has some very interesting visual reflections. The absolute center has the only flat mirror portion. If you are in Chicago or plan to visit. I suggest checking it out. There is also some old buildings across the street. We liked looking at the buildings as much as the Bean.
  • Cloud Gate, also affectionately called The Bean, is probably the most Instagram-able thing in the Windy City. That is, if you’re able to find a way to thin out the massive crowds that are inevitably there for the same idea. I’d recommend going really early in the morning. There will still be a few people around, but you’ll be able to actually enjoy this magnificent sculpture and get a few beautiful shots while you’re at it.

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