What a fun and interactive experience. Best part? It's FREE. Whee!
It's one of those places you could photograph and people watch for a long time.
From Tourism Chicago: The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect Chicago’s famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a "gate" to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives.
Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millenium Park, a.k.a. The Bean, either is loved or hated. I personally love how it reflects Chicago's hard architectural edges with its smooth mirrored shape, distorting just enough to make us take a second look at what we think we see. Sure, due to its popularity the Bean gets dirty, full of finger prints, smudges, weird liquids, etc.
I can't put my finger on what it is about the art installation that hold people's attention for such long periods of time. I assume it could be the primal fascination with one's reflection. Whatever it is the Bean is worth a visit. Don't let the haters steer you away from leaving a quick finger print!