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Cloud Gate

AT&T Plaza, Chicago, IL 60686
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    A must see for anyone visiting Chicago. Go in the spring and summer to see a concert in the park too!

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    gotta go experience the bean

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    Gorgeous bean! Especially during the night!

    I highly recommend checking the bean out during the day and night. The reflection of the famous architecture from the piece is breath taking in person.

    If you want the best photo then it's best to show up early in the morning or late at night when there are less people (so you can take a better photo).

    Another thing I love about the piece is that you could go underneath the bean checking out the warped reflection of yourself.

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    Also known as "The Bean" (because of its shape), this large contemporary outdoor sculpture of stainless steel is considered one of the highlights of Millennium Park. Tourists and locals love it for its fun-house mirror-like reflections. Anish Kapoor, the acclaimed Indian-born British artist, won the commission to create the public sculpture as a result of a design competition.

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    Fondly referred to as "The Bean" to locals, the panoramic view of the city as you look up will blow your mind!

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    GO!

    You wouldn't go to Paris and not see the Eiffel tower, or to St Louis and miss seeing the arch. Yes it is a big shiny coffee bean- no it doesn't do anything spectacular except give you amazing different views of the city. That whole Millennium at&t park is gorgeous. It is well worth the Uber X cab ride.

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    Ok it's kinda packed but it's one of those things you have to see if you're in the area. I'd recommend to check out the theater as the outdoor events there are quite cool. But the bean itself is kinda lackluster itself. Lots of music and events nearby though that are are quit cool

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    Very unique tourist attraction of Chicago. Taking pictures here is a must, offers great, unique views of Chicago.

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    The Cloud Gate sculpture, which many affectionately call "the bean," is a cool sculpture with the city skyline in the background, but the crowds didn't make me want to linger.

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    This is a tourist must! This is located in Millennium Park. The bean is so cool to see in person. I have seen this in pictures but seeing it in person so way much cooler!

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    I heard about "The Bean" but really nothing prepared me for the entrancing and charismatic nature of this public art. It shines in the urban landscape reflecting the grids of the buildings on Michigan Ave, and the trees in the park. It reflects everything, distorting in weird and exciting ways. Stand right under it. Look at yourself, then you friends. Then you notice all the people, people from all over the world coming together and laughing and playing with the reflections in "The Bean."

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    Be careful of the crowds. A huge tourist attraction as well as meeting place for families and their young kids to play in the water.

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    you cannot leave Chicago without having your photo taken in front of Cloud Gate. Or letting your kids go underneath it and look up at their reflections.

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    The Bean – who knew it’s real name is Cloud Gate?! By artist Anish Kapoor, this stainless steel reflective sculpture gives off a stunning reflection of the city’s old skyline off Michigan Ave. You can experience a kaleidoscope of people as you walk through the center of this piece. Regardless of age, you cannot help but want to play around with your reflection on this piece of art.

    Controversy struck, not because of the design, but the original cost for this art piece was to be 6 million dollars. 7 years after the proposal and completion of the shiny bean shaped sculpture came with a price tag of 23 million dollars.

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    Definitely a great photo opp! Just remember it gets crowded on the weekends particularly in the afternoon to get a perfect shot with the bean!

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    An iconic sculpture of a giant mirrored bean at Millenium Park. This is a must see and one of the best spots to take photos in Chicago. You can see the awesome architecture of downtown and gorgeous landscape reflected in the bean.

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Cloud Gate, a public sculpture by Indian born British artist Anish Kapoor, is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park within the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois, United States. The sculpture and AT&T Plaza are located on top of Park Grill, between the Chase Promenade and McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink. Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed "The Bean" because of its bean like shape. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior does not have any visible seams.

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Aliases: The Bean