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Cloud Gate

201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave & Columbus Ave, Millenium Park, Chicago, IL 60602
312.742.1168
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Ranked #5 of 366 Attractions in Chicago
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Monuments/ Statues
Traveler Description: Anish Kapoor's bean-shaped sculpture is considered to be the centerpiece of the new Millennium Park. more »
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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

What an intriguing sculpture. Watching how people interact with it is almost spiritual. Everyone wants to touch the surface. Everyone takes countless pictures. And photographing the skyline through the curved reflective surface creates some fabulous pictures.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

If you want good pictures go very early around sunrise and there will be excellent lighting and minimal traffic. Other than that, "The Bean" is always an interesting interactive experience and if you're a regular, it is much more fun to watch first-time visitors experience the piece. Great place to sit and have an on-the-go lunch or coffee.

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Hastings, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We weren't really sure where we were going, and took a little while to find the actual Gate - but when we did it was worth it!! My husband was surprised at how big it actually is. Even with all the people we had no difficulty walking around, under and getting great pictures. Will go back

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

So - it's a pretty cool thing... where else can you see a giant silver bean sitting in a park? However, once you've seen it, that's about it. Giving it an "average" because it is what it is....

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This is just a quick stop but still really cool especially for kids. I wonder who even got the idea for it and why. It's just a mirrored statue almost in the shape of a giant boulder but people seem to call it "the bean" which also makes sense. On a pretty afternoon it was packed but that did not... More

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Glasgow
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Cloud Gate, or 'The Bean' as it is also known, is a georgous attraction. Although after seeing it for about ten minutes, the novelty kind of wears off. Most smart phones have the option of taking people out of the background of your photos if you take a bunch of them and run it through an app- look into that... More

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

A stunning sculpture on the entry to the park. Great place for pictures. Many people gather here to view the "bean" and see their reflections and those of the surrounding city.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Must see site in Chicago. Very iconic. Definitely come by and take some pictures as you are walking through the park.

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Roseville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

If you would like to get a photo without all the people you need to go around 6 am to get a great personal picture.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Just like the pictures. Take loads of photos. Get involved in the atmosphere. All together a must see for first time visitors. If you've seen the film Source code you' ll enjoy the city and the trains! Over all a must see. I really liked spending time in the court yard of the 'Bean' as it's affectionately called.

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