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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Neighborhood: Millennium Park
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  • Randolph/Wabash • 4 min walk
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  • R-and-D_ChE_PE
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    See The Bean!
    This is a fun place to take some unusual selfies, especially for kids. Don't expect to get any photos that only have your group in them, since it's a popular place and the Cloud Gate structure means you get all sorts of views of everyone who is there. It's out in the open and free for all, so just enjoy it for what it is, a unique piece of art that also involves you, the viewer.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Sarah F
    Knoxville, Tennessee23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Classic Chicago!
    Currently closed off for pavement construction, but you can still get a decent view of this piece of art. Pictures with clever angles can block out most fencing and vehicles. You really can only be disappointed if you are dead set on getting up close photos with it.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 14, 2023
  • Louie F
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chicago's Captivating Cloud Gate
    Cloud Gate is a must-see in Chicago. This iconic silver bean in Millennium Park reflects the city's energy and offers a unique interactive experience. Whether you're capturing distorted selfies or enjoying the skyline backdrop, it's a captivating symbol of Chicago's artistic charm.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 25, 2023
  • Abel R
    Miami, Florida692 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cool mirror bean.
    Cloud gate also known as the bean. Is a free outdoor sculpture. It mirrors a reflection of what it faces. Tons of people at all hours of the day so get there mad early. My friends and I went before sunrise to beat the crowds.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 4, 2024
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,350 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Public Work of Art but Extremely Popular
    When I first viewed "the Bean", correctly named Cloud Gate, 15 years ago, I was underwhelmed and didn't understand all the fuss. Over time, I have learned to appreciate this public work of art. The reflective nature of the artwork is quite beautiful and the concave chamber inside that multiplies reflections is really cool. The much-photographed piece of art has now become an iconic part of Chicago. It, Millennium Park and adjacent Grant Park with its Buckingham Fountain is well worth seeing during a visit to Chicago. My only negative comment is that it is always mobbed with visitors which detracts from the experience. I suppose it could be fun to be part of the excitement when it is busy, but I would try to visit very early in the morning especially if you want to get some good photos. Even though it is all the good things I describe above, it really doesn't deserve the amount of attention that it ends up getting.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 12, 2024
  • Mathias n
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saw the bean…but from a distance T-T
    Fun to see but the bean was fenced off for some reason put a real damper on the visit. I assume it’s either a short term project or for the winter weather. Regardless it was cool would like to see it up close next time.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 26, 2024
  • Rachel & Andy
    393 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Art.
    Visited: 06/07/2023 Inside Millennium Park, this sculpture/artwork is affectionately nicknamed "The Bean". It is quite remarkable and we enjoyed trying to take pictures of ourselves in the reflective surface. Can get hot when in the sun for a long time, so be careful on warm days. However, the underneath/gate of the sculpture is really cool and refreshing. It is a lot bigger than you realise and spcaious underneath as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2024
  • SeekerOfGoodValue
    Saint Louis, Missouri353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    People in Public Spaces, Part 1
    Unlike Loop artworks by Picasso, Chicago, Miro, and Calder that celebrate "the City of Chicago," two installations in Millennium Park and one in a park south of the Art Institute focus on "the people of Chicago," or more specifically "how the people of Chicago inhabit public spaces like parks." "Cloud Gate" (also called The Bean) is the most popular of these. The upper part of "the bean" reflects ALL of the surrounding city. The lower part reflects ALL of the people who enter the park and approach the sculpture. What is a city park? It is where countless people gather inside of a great city. People see themselves and others in their city. It's interactive. As you move closer, you change, those around you change, and the city changes. Everyone laughs and poses and smiles and photographs. The happy people of Chicago endlessly watch the people of Chicago being happy.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2024
  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa4,841 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A modern icon of Chicago
    We visited the Bean, since it is now open again after being renovated. The surrounding sidewalk is new and refurbished. It is a free attraction and a modern icon of Chicago’s lakefront. I recommend a visit. It is interesting to take photos of the reflecting images and skyscrapers of the Chicago skyline.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2024
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doctorfoxtrot
Taguig City, Philippines12,952 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Missed the actual reopening of the Bean to the public by a mere 2 days. Kept on asking but cannot get an affirmation. Well got to sneak in some photo shots . That’s it . Shucks !
Written July 12, 2024
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Dean_Amy-2004
Gettysburg, PA8,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
The main request of our granddaughter was to see “The Bean”…mission accomplished. An icon easily accessed in the park. Parking is available right at the park; look for Millennium parking underground
Written July 11, 2024
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA4,841 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
We visited the Bean, since it is now open again after being renovated. The surrounding sidewalk is new and refurbished. It is a free attraction and a modern icon of Chicago’s lakefront. I recommend a visit. It is interesting to take photos of the reflecting images and skyscrapers of the Chicago skyline.
Written July 9, 2024
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SeekerOfGoodValue
Saint Louis, MO353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Unlike Loop artworks by Picasso, Chicago, Miro, and Calder that celebrate "the City of Chicago," two installations in Millennium Park and one in a park south of the Art Institute focus on "the people of Chicago," or more specifically "how the people of Chicago inhabit public spaces like parks." "Cloud Gate" (also called The Bean) is the most popular of these. The upper part of "the bean" reflects ALL of the surrounding city. The lower part reflects ALL of the people who enter the park and approach the sculpture. What is a city park? It is where countless people gather inside of a great city. People see themselves and others in their city. It's interactive. As you move closer, you change, those around you change, and the city changes. Everyone laughs and poses and smiles and photographs. The happy people of Chicago endlessly watch the people of Chicago being happy.
Written June 19, 2024
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Mimiinthecity0407
Richfield, MN464 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
More disappointed than you can imagine. The Bean was fenced off because of??? No notice until you get up to it and realize it is entirely fenced off - not just a portion- the whole thing.
Written June 19, 2024
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Rachel & Andy
393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Visited: 06/07/2023

Inside Millennium Park, this sculpture/artwork is affectionately nicknamed "The Bean". It is quite remarkable and we enjoyed trying to take pictures of ourselves in the reflective surface.

Can get hot when in the sun for a long time, so be careful on warm days. However, the underneath/gate of the sculpture is really cool and refreshing. It is a lot bigger than you realise and spcaious underneath as well.
Written June 14, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,922 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Ok
I get it that sometimes that places need "refurbishment"
And therefore that fencing may need to be in place for obvious reasons
BUT
Surely it wouldn't have been beyond the wit of management to at least leave the fencing clear - without obscuring sheeting - so that it can be viewed from all sides ESPECIALLY from the front
POOR SHOW CHICAGO
Written April 22, 2024
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Mathias n
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Fun to see but the bean was fenced off for some reason put a real damper on the visit. I assume it’s either a short term project or for the winter weather. Regardless it was cool would like to see it up close next time.
Written March 27, 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
When I first viewed "the Bean", correctly named Cloud Gate, 15 years ago, I was underwhelmed and didn't understand all the fuss. Over time, I have learned to appreciate this public work of art. The reflective nature of the artwork is quite beautiful and the concave chamber inside that multiplies reflections is really cool. The much-photographed piece of art has now become an iconic part of Chicago. It, Millennium Park and adjacent Grant Park with its Buckingham Fountain is well worth seeing during a visit to Chicago. My only negative comment is that it is always mobbed with visitors which detracts from the experience. I suppose it could be fun to be part of the excitement when it is busy, but I would try to visit very early in the morning especially if you want to get some good photos. Even though it is all the good things I describe above, it really doesn't deserve the amount of attention that it ends up getting.
Written March 12, 2024
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Abel R
Miami, FL692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Cloud gate also known as the bean. Is a free outdoor sculpture. It mirrors a reflection of what it faces. Tons of people at all hours of the day so get there mad early. My friends and I went before sunrise to beat the crowds.
Written March 4, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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