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What an excellent time we’ve been having here in Chicago for the last few weeks!
We love spending time here seeing friends and family and catching new glimpses of the city – like seeing the ‘Bean’ on a perfectly clear Autumn night. We’ve seen it on warm summer mornings and freezing cold winter afternoons, but never quite like this! This sculpture, officially named Cloud Gate, is the vision of British artist Anish Kapoor and was finished in 2006. Set in the city’s famous Millennium Park, this is one of those spots in Chicago that are popular with tourists but make us fall in love with city every time we’re back here with family, too.
The Bean’s surface distorts the iconic buildings of Chicago’s skyline, and you can walk all the way underneath into a chamber which multiplies sound and reflection. During the day, hundreds of people buzz and flitter around and underneath, and their presence affects the photos you can take. At night, with far fewer people, we could take hundreds of photos from dozens of angles with the skyline becoming the true star. It was exactly as we had hoped!