Cloud Gate
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Nicknamed "The Bean" for its sleek kidney shape, this Anish Kapoor sculpture is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza in Millenium Park.
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ebkader
Dubai, United Arab Emirates134 contributions
Nov 2022
Given the proximity to "corner of Wabash and Lake" used by Neo and Trinity to exit the Matrix, this piece of art is just trippy enough to be worthy of its proximity to the legendary location used in The Matrix. Best view is from the bottom wher it feels you're in a gigantic kaleidoscope.
Written 27 November 2022
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Terve
Singapore, Singapore39 contributions
Nov 2022
This is just a kind of art work you feel happy when you see it, star struck is the feeling. Knew it all to well from all the pictures but then to be see in for real was just a topping on the cake.
Written 23 November 2022
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Btalisman
Chicago, IL373 contributions
Sep 2022
I lived in Chicago for 30+ years; left for 10 and came back Summer 2022 to enjoy the city again. I was here when the city was planning, building and finally opened Millennium Park. Back then, the foliage and plants needed to grow roots the fill in. Let me tell you by 2022 the perennials are full and beautiful from summer through fall as the now tall and limbed trees turn colors. And the city plants and replants annuals throughout the summer. Also back then, the opening of Cloud Gate was literally shrouded in issues - delays etc and under a big white tent as the artist buffed and polished the sculpture.

Today, Cloud Gate or "The Bean" is a highlight of any visit to Chicago and Millennium Park. I am fortunate the Park and Bean are my backyard and part of my daily walks or cut through on my way south. See secret viewing spot at the end of the review. ;)

Here's some secrets to really enjoying a visit to Cloud Gate:
Early Morning - Go before 9am - earlier the better. Watch the sun come up and reflect off the east side of the sculpture. Early morning - especially weekends and often during the week, you'll have the place to your self. Uninterrupted selfies, photos with no one in them or to just gaze and notice all the reflective details with no one else around. Also very cool being inside the vortex underneath alone.

Using your phone camera - try wide angle shots a little farther away. If you have an iPhone take advantage of panorama. Inside the vortex take a 360 photo. Look up. Use zoom to focus on the reflections. And of course those selfies - I recommend standing about 20-30 feet away and use photo or portrait and find your light. Take them on all sides. Any Chicagoan will be happy to help take a photo for you and your travel buddies. Just ask.

Reflective surface - be sure to walk around the entire sculpture. Focus on what's being reflected not the sculpture. The reflections from every side, including the sun is different and changes depending on the the time of day. Buildings, trees, people, sky, clouds. The Park and sculpture are placed at the foot of some iconic new and old architecture. Prudential and Aon buildings to the north. Cultural Center to the west. Pritzker Pavilion and trees to the east. Including these in your photos gives a great perspective.

Secret View - Best overview of the park and Cloud Gate. The Chicago Athletic Association at 12 S. Michigan. It's another great place to visit one of many buildings on the historical register. Now a hotel run by Hyatt, the original insides have been updated keeping the original wood, banisters, fireplaces and more.

But here's the kicker - Cindy's is their rooftop restaurant. The view of the park, Cloud Gate and Lake Michigan is unparalleled. Take the elevator up and staff at the host stand are happy to let you walk in to take in the view. They have a bar with first come first serve seating - step out on the balcony for the view. If you can go between lunch and dinner weekdays - you'll have the place to yourself. Personally, I don't think their menu has recovered from Covid - so eat elsewhere.
Written 5 November 2022
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LMK101
Virginia Beach, VA393 contributions
Oct 2022
It is definitely a tourist must see attraction. You can visit any time of year and will see tons of folks gathered around the bean taking pics and reconnecting with each other at the same time. There are vendors around the area for a drink or something to eat as well.
Written 4 November 2022
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Buddi
Oakland, CA13 contributions
Oct 2022
Wonderful to see people out enjoying this amazing sculpture! Great park and great art in Chicago's Millenium Park.
Written 3 November 2022
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atc25
New York City, NY776 contributions
Sep 2022
Can't go to Chicago without visiting and posing in the Bean. Up close I was amazed by the countless stainless steel plates smoothly welded to curve and reflect everything around it. Genius!
Written 30 October 2022
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RonL40
Utica, NY3,354 contributions
Oct 2022
Beautiful and interesting piece that can be viewed from a hundred different angles. It's a place for people-watching, too, but if you visit ten minutes before the Art Institute of Chicago opens, it's a great opportunity to see both the Crown Fountain and Cloud Gate in the Park.
Written 28 October 2022
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Frederick G
Weatherford, OK143 contributions
Oct 2022
Very unusual experience but worth it. A giant stainless steel kidney bean is something you don't see everyday. Yeah--it's an ellipse--but it looks like a bean. Watching people taking pictures of it is hilarious. The sculpture itself is nice but the people watching is out of this world!
Written 25 October 2022
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gazzamuppet
Farnham, UK435 contributions
Oct 2022
This is the most photographed object in the park, the Cloud Gate, although the locals call it 'The Bean', which I believe rather annoys the artist.
Written 24 October 2022
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Madelyn B
New York City, NY31 contributions
Oct 2022
Be sure to walk around Cloud Gate to see all of it. It's easy to take a photo of yourself in the bean.
Written 19 October 2022
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