This is Cloud Gate, a sculpture in Millennium Park. I don't quite know what it is, but it looks like a clear, silver egg. If you really look close, you'll see some guy taking pictures. That's me.
Now, if you see the guy who picked my pocket while I was taking the picture, please let me know. Just kidding.
Cloud Gate is probably more commonly known as "The Bean". In the prime tourist months, folks from all over the world gather around it to have their picture taken amid the Chicago skyline in quite a unique way. In fact, the Bean is unique to Chicago, & a fun place to take the kids too. It's especially striking at night, with all the city lights surrounding it.
I went back again and again. Guess I needed my Bean.
There is so much to see at Millenium Park, and events are happening all day and well into the night.
The day we walked through the park, there was the "Taste of Chicago" event, an Art Show, and Other events.
The architcture is fabulous, especially the Cloud Gate ( "The Bean" ) and the "Spitting Picture Walls"...a great place for the people to get cooled off by the ever changing faces on the "Spitting Walls"
Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, between E. Randolph and E. Monroe, not far from Lake Michigan. The park is beautiful in itself, and it offers some terriffic views of the nearby Chicago skyline. It really is an architectural marvel, not to be missed.
Millennium Park is great even on a winter day, but it shines during the summer. Check out free concerts througout the summer. Hang out at "the Bean" - it's a different way to see yourself, and the city's skyline. Keep cool with the kids at the Crown Fountain. Grab a drink or something to eat at the Park Grill. Take a walk through Lurie Gardens and listen to some music at the Pritzer Pavilion. You could even rent a bike there.
All part of a day at Chicago's Millennium Park.
Though on a hot summer day, that's exactly what you want...especially at the Crown Fountain. A unique part of Millennium Park, Crown Fountain is a gathering place for families of all pages. And no, nobody really spits on my at Crown Fountain. It's just water coming out of their mouths. Read on...
Oh, how to describe Crown Fountain? Let's just say that, every five or so minutes, a different Chicago citizen spits water on you. OK, it's really a giant picture of a typical Chicagoan. After looking and smiling at you for several minutes, they open their mouths and water comes spouting out. Then, a different picture appears and you start all over again.
Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, Crown Fountain is a Chicago architectural treasure, not to mention a kids favorite. It's really a reflecting pool, with two 50 foot towers at either end. And that's where you get spit on. OK, not really spit on. But it's wet. And different. And, frankly, kinda cool.
When in Chicago, bring the kids to Crown Fountain.
You can ice skate in Millennium Park in the winter. The rink is right on Michigan Avenue. On a winter Sunday, you'll see lots of people there. Lace 'em up and join the crowd!
In the spring and summer, they turn the rink into an outdoor bar and grille - and it's a great place to meet people too.
Milennium Park is located in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue between Randolph street and Monroe Street. Lots to see in this 25 acre park. You can experience Ice skating, dinning (outdoors if the weather is good) and free classical music. The amazing Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States.
The Millennium Park Greeters, a service of the Chicago Greeter program, offers informal walking tours of Millennium Park, every Wednesday - Friday from 10am - 4pm. These 45-minute visits are free, and are intended for groups smaller than 10. Great idea if you have time as there is so much to see.
Millennium Park is a nice gathering area for all people, whether they be skating on the ice pond during the winter, picnicking during the summer or catching an outdoor show, or just checking out the newest addition to the park, the "Cloud Gate."
Millenium Park: a bit of an intro: 3 years late and a few hunded million $ over budget, but freaking awesome!
the fountains which display faces of random people from the chicago area are neat, even when its too cold to have the water going. and for those technically oriented ppl, look closely and see the LEDs
the kidney bean, when it isn't under "repairs" shows a panoramic view of the entire Chicago skyline behind you via neat distortion effect.
Franky Gehry designed Opera house and bridge (looks like a snake). Love it or hate it, it sure gets your attention! Personally I think these pieces are much better than the Weisman Art Museum he did at the U of M, but still not my favorite. I did however really like the awning/covering over the seating at the ampitheater.
First planned in 1997 as a way to create new parkland in Grant Park and transform unsightly railroad tracks and parking lots, Millennium Park has evolved into the most significant millennium project in the world. Located in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe Streets, the 24.5-acre park is an unprecedented center for world-class art, music, architecture and landscape design, where you can experience everything from interactive public art and ice skating to al fresco dining and free classical music presentations by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus.
MILLENNIUM PARK ATTRACTIONS
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Exelon Pavilions Harris Theater
Kapoor Sculpture on SBC Plaza
McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink
Wrigley Square & Millennium Monument
If you want to just relax and visually take in the skyline of downtown Chicago, then the Millianum Park is for you!
My son and I walked from our hotel to the Park and a multiple peice band was just finishing up playing. People were hanging out with their friends and families and enjoying the evening.
It was a beautiful August night about 10 pm.
I just stood there taking in the Chicago skyline and atmosphere.
We found it to be relaxing. I didn't want to leave and tried to remeber what it felt like and looked like. The flowers and landscape were outstanding!
The Park was very clean and safe. I noticed there were a lot of police around so you wouldn't feel threatened by anything.
I would highly recommend The Millennium Park when you are in downtown Chicago in the warmer months.
Normally, Chicagoans are pleased at additions to our city. But Milennium Park was not as quickly accepted by residents as it was feared that the city was overspending on what technically was a Grant Park partial renovation when the money could have been spent elsewhere. But the hope is, with any investment a city makes of this nature, is that it will attract visitors and thus, more tourism dollars. So far, the park has receieved a lot of praise from those who visit.
The park opened in July2004, and where only 50,000 people were expected to witness the ceremony, over 300,000 showed up.
Features of Milennium Park include an Ice Skating Rink, the Peristyle at Wrigley Square, a theater for Music and Dance, SBC Plaza, Lurie Garden, Bank One Promenade and Trees in Millennium Park. There are three major artistic highlights: Cloud Gate (otherwise known as "the Bean", Crown Fountain and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
Cloud Gate, shown in the picture, is a 3-story, 110-ton steel sculpture that has been dubbed by Chicagoans as "The Bean." Cloud Gate is a highly-polished reflective steel sculpture which is meant to resemble a drop of liquid mercury hovering at the point of landing on a plaza of the park. In place for only a few months, it has already become one of the most popular sculptures in the city.
Another important attribute of Milennium Park is Crown Fountain. It is the first of its kind in the world. Transparent glass block bricks are used to build two 50-foot towers standing in the midst of a black granite plaza submerged under an eighth of an inch layer of water. Behind the glass bricks are high-tech LED video screens that when illuminated, scrolls through videos of the faces of genuine Chicago citizens and showcases the vast diversity of the city while a stream of water cascades over the images.
I really wanted to see the Orb or Bean or whatever it's called! It was partially covered (the better part of it, actually!) However these fun monolithic structures that spurt water and show someone's picture on them (Who is that? Anyone know?) were cool and the spray off them was quite refreshing!