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Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

201 E Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois

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  • Visited: December 2013
  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2014
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Submitted by: Rachel U.

As a life-long city dweller I get itchy when I have to look like a tourist in a new city =P But it's okay in a place like Millennium Park, because if you're not taking photos or staring at gorgeous sculpture, you're the one who looks out of place. We had a lot of fun playing with the different angles of the...

Submitted by: Belinda C.

I'll be honest, the BEAN is the reason why i came to Chicago.  The bean looks so much fun and it was. It's like when you were a child you you were more happy playing with the bubble wrap than the gift.   It was hard taking the perfect picture. I suggest coming here on a weekday, it's less crowded. It makes you want to run up to it, and give it a big hug and a kiss.   I wonder do they clean this bean,i feel it's covered in germs, i was tempted to use my hand sanitizer to clean it. (just joking.. well kinda).  You should explore this park, by stopping by Buckingham Fountain, or in other words, the married with children fountain. It's not easy getting around the park, i wished there was a shuttle, we ended up w...

Submitted by: Kislev A.

Yes, I'm a tourist! Though this park is relatively new, to me, this place has come to represent Chicago. Just as the Sears and Hancock towers represent the City, so does the Cloud Gate, affectionately nicknamed "The Bean." I didn't even know the name of the piece was "Cloud Gate." It's always been called "The Bean" by all family members that come from and/or visit here. But the park is more impressive in person than the pictures I saw from family: * It is large. It provides padding between the skyscrapers and Lake Michigan. * It has GREAT public art at both Boeing Galleries including the Tree of Life... and those 3 balls. * Frank Ghery's outdoor concert hall at the Jay Pritzker Pavillion. Which provides free...

Submitted by: Lisa R.

Chicago has *really* cleaned up its act lately.  The past ten years has been a revolution of city parks and public spaces.  Millenium Park is one of the most outstanding places to stroll through on a Spring, Summer or Fall day.  Skip Winter.  Trust me. Highlights: - Four story water features with cascading fountains for children (and certain adults) in which to frolic. - The Bean...a spaceshipy looking highly polished art installation with a convex underside that you can walk under - Random sculptures that provoke thought and discussion - A state-of-the art concert venue - in the summer, Chicago holds a series of FREE noontime concerts in the park.  Bring your lunch and chill out to good music It's near the ...

Submitted by: J T.

I don't know enough about this fantastic place, but here is what I do know: + It has Kapoor's Cloud Gate (and that's actually enough for this to be way more than a 5 star review). + It has free concerts all summer + It's flanked by one of the Great Lakes on East and one of the great citie...

Submitted by: dan h.

Stop #16 on my "Eating my way through Chicago/St. Louis and possibly doing other things on this trip Summer Tour 2011" took me to Millennium Park which is an amazing park in the heart of (or actually off to the side, so maybe the kidney) downtown Chicago. There is so much to see and so much to do in Millennium Park.  Whether you want to just go look at the silver bean or "cloud gate" which is its real name, or catch a show at the amphitheater, you really can't go wrong.  How about the Crown Fountain?  That thing is pretty amazing.  Check it out at night in the summer.  If you have kids, bring them along.  They'll love it. I wish my city had a park like this.   I look forward to my next visit so that I can ex...

Submitted by: Stephen H.

What's great about this Park is the diversity of what is going on.  Although it's nowhere near the space of a Central Park New York or a Forest Park St. Louis, it's a great use of space.  In wintertime there's an ice skating rink - during the summer it becomes a...

Submitted by: Mia L.

As a native Chicagoan, I'm upset that our city spent so much money on this park. Sure it does make our city look beautiful and modern, but I don't think it was worth it. Here are my likes and dislikes on the park: LIKES -The bean makes a every photo look good. Great place to shoot some photos! By the way it is actually called Cloud Gate not the bean. -You could watch musical performances and symphonies play at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion for free. It is could sit anywhere on the lawn and just listen and enjoy. -Crown Fountain is this area with two big towers...each tower projects video images of people's faces, natural scenes, or just a plain color on each side of the tower. Water pours down the...

Submitted by: Rachel R.

This was park was FABULOUS - a little bit of everything against the back drop of the city skyline. I thoroughly enjoyed it!! The bean - it is hard to imagine it ever not crowded with people. I went in the morning, afternoon and evening and every single time it was covered with people taking pictures of it. The Crown Towers, my daughter's favorite, was awesome. Moving pictures, mostly faces, on 2 towers which ultimately "spit" water on whoever is splashing about. The gardens with a small river running through it where many tourists sat and cooled off their feet and lastly the concert "shell" magnificent and beautiful. A must do for a Chicago tourist. They also had Family Fun fest going and that was a nice tou...


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