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.
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How do I love The Bean, let me count the ways?
The Bean (formal name: Cloud Gate) is a giant mirrored kidney bean shaped sculpture located in Millennium Park. Make sure you walk under it - the reflections are amazing.
I think the Bean is best seen at sunrise. It's quiet - before the huge crowds take over. If you can time it right, you can actually see the sun rise over the lake. The Bean glows with a golden hue.
Something I haven't checked off my Bean bucket list yet? Checking out the sculpture while it's covered in snow.
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!