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Hours:
Always Open

When to Go:
Extremely Busy During the Weekend, Quieter on a Weekday

Seasonal Information:
Fun All Year Round

Quick Facts

  • Take Amazing Vacation Pictures at the Cloud Gate Chicago
  • Explore the local area surrounding the Chicago Bean - full of top Chicago attractions

Address:
201 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
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User Average Review

Overall:
4.85
Location:
5
Information:
4.35
Fun Factor:
5

Based on 3 reviews

Rating Distribution

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Tour Review : The Bean Chicago


wizardmary

Joined: March 2014

xxx.xxx.244.60

Overall:
5
Location:
5
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 8/10

Went with:

The tour was:

The Bean!!

We visited from Sacramento, CA and was excited to see the "Cloud Gate" described in my guidebook. When we asked my boyfriend's sister who we wre staying with where teh Cloud Gate was she was very confused. Never heard of it. After a few minutes of sdescribing whet the book said she smiled and said, "You mean The Bean?" Sh'e lived in Chicago her whole life so as a previous reviewer said, NO ONE calls it the Cloud Gate!!!
It was so FUN!! We took pictures and just had fun - not acting like the mature adiults in our 50's that we were!!

Tour Review : The Bean Chicago


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.65
Location:
5
Information:
4
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

Went with:

The tour was:

The Bean - A MUST for visitors in Chicago

OK, for whatever reason I was fully expecting Cloud Gate - aka The Bean in Chicago - to be a lame tourist attraction that didn’t make any sense existing in the middle of a classic city like Chicago. (Full disclosure: nobody, and I mean NOBODY, calls it Cloud Gate.)

Well, I was right about it being a tourist attraction, but that’s about it.

The Bean is incredible – it looks like an alien pod was delivered right smack in the heart of Millennium Park, and you can spend several minutes walking in and around The Bean, staring at yourself and taking wild photos. No matter what the weather is, The Bean reflects the scenery in a way that's hard to explain and has to be seen to be believed.

There were dozens of people at The Bean when I visited on a Wednesday afternoon, and I imagine it’s a tourist hot-spot year-round. Even if you live in Chicago, it’s worth hanging out at The Bean from time to time just to enjoy a little guiltless people-watching. Plus, there are a number of benches and tables surrounding The Bean, making it a convenient and well-known meeting place before a walk through Grant Park or a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago.

To sum it up, DO NOT miss The Bean if you’re visiting Chicago.

Tour Review : The Bean Chicago


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.65
Location:
5
Information:
4
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

The Bean Chicago - Probably my Favorite Chicago Attraction!

The Bean! I know it might sound funny, but this really may be one of my favorite things in all of Chicago. It’s a must-see attraction for every tourist!

As you walk up to it, you see your reflection in front of the reflection of the city. Trust me, it’s a lot cooler then it sounds. As you move around The Bean, the reflection of the buildings tilt as to make it looks like the buildings are leaning. Walk around the entire bean and also be sure to walk under it! It looks different at every single angle.

The Bean sits in Millennium Park, and it’s really the center point of the park. It’s much bigger in person then it looks in the movies like Source Code. It’s so fascinating to stand next to that you just start talking to about it to the strangers next to you. It’s really that cool! I’ve never seen anything else like it.

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This activity is FREE!


Summary

Features: The Cloud Gate Sculpture, also known as the "bean," is one of the highlights of Millennium Park. Designed by the artists Anish Kapoor, the Chicago the Bean sculpture is made of 168 highly polished stainless steel plates - giving the appearance of liquid mercury. Up close, the highly reflective nature of the sculpture captures the beautiful skyline of Chicago. The Cloud Gate Sculpture has thus become a tourist hot spot and is the perfect place to take your vacation snapshots.

 

Why We Go: The Cloud Gate Sculpture is not only free but also an amazing spot to take photographs! Photos will reflect both yourself and the city skyline, providing a truly unique vacation picture!

  • One-Of-A-Kind: Where else will you find a giant bean sculpture smack bang in the middle of a cosmopolitan city?
  • Ideal Location: Chicago the Bean is located in the tourist friendly Millennium Park, other top Chicago attractions are but a stone's throw away
  • Family Fun: Kids and parents alike will love seeing their reflection and taking pictures at the Cloud Gate Sculpture


Inside Knowledge: The Cloud Gate Sculpture gets incredibly busy at the weekends and around midday so you may want to opt to go in the evening or on a weekday to capture that perfect shot!

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Go on A Clear Day: You will want to see the city skyline reflected in all its glory at the Chicago Bean, so make sure you visit on a clear, smog-free day!
  • Do Explore the Area: An ice rink is located right next to the Cloud Gate Sculpture, and a plethora of restaurants and boutiques are only moments away.
  • Don't Forget Your Camera: The highlight of visiting the Chicago Bean is taking memorable photographs, so make sure you bring your camera with you.
  • Don't Forget the Kids: The kids will love this Chicago Sculpture and will also enjoy the multitude of nearby Chicago Attractions.

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Tour Review : The Bean Chicago


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.65
Location:
5
Information:
4
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

The Bean Chicago - Probably my Favorite Chicago Attraction!

The Bean! I know it might sound funny, but this really may be one of my favorite things in all of Chicago. It’s a must-see attraction for every tourist!

As you walk up to it, you see your reflection in front of the reflection of the city. Trust me, it’s a lot cooler then it sounds. As you move around The Bean, the reflection of the buildings tilt as to make it looks like the buildings are leaning. Walk around the entire bean and also be sure to walk under it! It looks different at every single angle.

The Bean sits in Millennium Park, and it’s really the center point of the park. It’s much bigger in person then it looks in the movies like Source Code. It’s so fascinating to stand next to that you just start talking to about it to the strangers next to you. It’s really that cool! I’ve never seen anything else like it.

Tour Review : The Bean Chicago


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.65
Location:
5
Information:
4
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

Went with:

The tour was:

The Bean - A MUST for visitors in Chicago

OK, for whatever reason I was fully expecting Cloud Gate - aka The Bean in Chicago - to be a lame tourist attraction that didn’t make any sense existing in the middle of a classic city like Chicago. (Full disclosure: nobody, and I mean NOBODY, calls it Cloud Gate.)

Well, I was right about it being a tourist attraction, but that’s about it.

The Bean is incredible – it looks like an alien pod was delivered right smack in the heart of Millennium Park, and you can spend several minutes walking in and around The Bean, staring at yourself and taking wild photos. No matter what the weather is, The Bean reflects the scenery in a way that's hard to explain and has to be seen to be believed.

There were dozens of people at The Bean when I visited on a Wednesday afternoon, and I imagine it’s a tourist hot-spot year-round. Even if you live in Chicago, it’s worth hanging out at The Bean from time to time just to enjoy a little guiltless people-watching. Plus, there are a number of benches and tables surrounding The Bean, making it a convenient and well-known meeting place before a walk through Grant Park or a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago.

To sum it up, DO NOT miss The Bean if you’re visiting Chicago.

Tour Review : The Bean Chicago


wizardmary

Joined: March 2014

xxx.xxx.244.60

Overall:
5
Location:
5
Information:
5
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 8/10

Went with:

The tour was:

The Bean!!

We visited from Sacramento, CA and was excited to see the "Cloud Gate" described in my guidebook. When we asked my boyfriend's sister who we wre staying with where teh Cloud Gate was she was very confused. Never heard of it. After a few minutes of sdescribing whet the book said she smiled and said, "You mean The Bean?" Sh'e lived in Chicago her whole life so as a previous reviewer said, NO ONE calls it the Cloud Gate!!!
It was so FUN!! We took pictures and just had fun - not acting like the mature adiults in our 50's that we were!!