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Cloud Gate

4.6/5226 Reviews
Statue/Sculpture
Open all day
201 E. Randolph St., Millenium Park, Chicago, IL 60601-6530
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About Cloud Gate

The Cloud Gate is also known as The Bean because it looks like a bean. It is located in Chicago"s Millennium Park. The sleek exterior of this sculpture reflects the distorted Chicago skyline, making it a popular photography spot for tourists in Chicago. Cloud Gate is known as a symbolic and innovative work. The mirror effect of the statue is reminiscent of the distorting mirrors in previous amusement parks.But there is a significant use for it to make the giant Cloud Gate look much lighter.

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  • Louisa M.
    5.0

    The 'Bean' is just so cool, it's even better in person! I love contemporary art and this sculpture fits the bill. It's such a kinetic sculpture because it's constantly evolving and changing. So much fun to walk through and the photo ops are phenomenal. I loved how during my visit a huge gospel choir in matching bright orange t-shirts walked through, giving the Cloud a super cool sunshiney hue. This is a must see while in Chicago and is great for all ages. I could stare at this thing all day!

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  • Barbara Kossy
    5.0

    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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  • Rebecca Goglia (@BeccaBandit)
    5.0

    Cloud Gate is a public sculpture in the middle of Millennium Park. It's pretty much a "must-see" in Chicago and thankfully it is pretty cool! Take a cool and interesting selfie at 'the bean' for a cool memento and memory of your trip. The photos are super fun on the curved reflective chrome bean shape. It also gives you an interesting perspective on the surrounding buildings. Make sure to take a stroll under the bean and look at it from a few different angles.

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  • GLSQ_****6348
    5.0

    Quirky bean-shaped stainless steel sculpture designed by Indian born British artist Anish Kapoor, located in the Millenium Park within The Loop. This place is swarming with people of all kinds and ages, all trying really hard to snap the most creative picture. It's cool to see reflections of Chicago's skyline on the silver platform. If you're into photography and in it to have some fun, expect to hang around here for about an hour :)

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  • Matthew Crompton
    5.0

    Chicago's Cloud Gate (aka "The Bean") is public art at its best -- a smooth, highly polished and super-reflective manifold on the edge of downtown's AT&T Plaza. Perpetually mobbed by tourists, and with good reason, the warped and bent reflections of the city and surrounding crowds are just plain cool. Awesome for photography at any time, but ESPECIALLY at dawn or dusk. Bring a camera.

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  • Julie Grimes
    5.0

    GO! You wouldn't go to Paris and not see the Eiffel tower nor go to St Louis and miss seeing the Gateway 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, especially at Christmas time and the ice rink is set up.

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  • Sandra Waring
    5.0

    The famous Cloud Gate, or "The Bean", fun area to take photos of your reflection, right in a busy area in Millennial Park.

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  • Steve Baumgartner
    5.0

    There are definitely large crowds around the Cloud Gate, also referred to as the bean. It will reflect the Chicago skyline if you're looking at it from further away, or you can get close and see yourself in it. If you go underneath and look up, the reflection of the people and ground will give off a unique almost spiral looking reflection.

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  • Ling Huynh
    5.0

    Probably one of the few things I will ALWAYS come back to see and get new photos with :) I actually want this in my backyard when I get a house hahahah. I guess it's just a piece of metal, but it's such a cool structure that distorts your image at different locations of the bean. I don't know why but I LOVE this thing!

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  • GLSQ_****9388
    5.0

    What trip to Chicago is complete without a trip to the Cloud Gate aka "The Bean"? To be honest, you can't tell your friends that you've been to Chicago unless you take a picture of yourself taking a picture in the reflection of the aforementioned Bean. Does that make sense? It will when you get there.

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