The Bean, Chicago, Illinois

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Millennium Park

Chicago, Illinois 60601

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(312) 742-2963

  • 7 mentions in Chicago: Is Navy Pier, the Bean, and Willis Tower really worth seeing?

    • Eric P.

      Eric P. said, " the views are amazing and you can enjoy them in comfort as you sip a memosa and eat crab legs. Cloud Gate and Millennium Park are well worth a visit - and free. Enjoy! Eric..." See More

    • Jill S.

      Jill S. said, "...I've lived my entire life in Chicago, and would recommend Cloud Gate and Millenium Park for sure. If you want the view of the city or love heights, then go to the observation deck at Willis Tower. But it's not on my..." See More

    • Brady H.

      Brady H. said, "...Navy Pier is awful if you tend avoid touristy areas. Cloud Gate is interesting, but I would plan something nearby (such as lunch), as it is not like you would spend the entire day with the bean. Willis Tower(Sears) has a great..." See More

    • Staci N.

      Staci N. said, "...and down N Michigan Ave and browse the shops. It's what you do on Magnificent Mile! You must stop and see Cloud Gate. It's such a unique structure. Check out Millenium Park while you're over there. The Navy Pier is great..." See More

    • Rich B.

      Rich B. said, "...The Cloud Gate (bean) is worth it. It will be crowded so get there early for a good picture in front of it. I would recommend (in order) 1. Architectural Tour of the river 2. Hancock Building - go to signature room..." See More

    • Cheryl R.

      Cheryl R. said, "...A lot of your mentioned spots are free to view, so they aren't really traps because you don't pay anything. Cloud Gate and Millennium Park are a must. The Navy Pier doesn't have much going on, but you can walk through it..." See More

    • Peter S.

      Peter S. said, "...I like to take a snapchat under the Willis Tower of me saying, "Whatcha talkin bout willis" but thats it, Cloud Gate is very underwhelming..." See More

  • 3 mentions in Can't decide! What's a better place to visit, Cleveland or Chicago?

    • Kimberly W.

      Kimberly W. said, "...even know where to begin. Tons of museums: My favorites: Museum of Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Millenium Park, Cloud Gate, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium. In Chicago, there are great live music: Schubas, Lincoln..." See More

    • Jillian G.

      Jillian G. said, "...North or Gold Coast as both neighborhoods are very walkable to N Michigan Ave shopping and restaurants. Also, the bean at Cloud Gate which is a must for your little one! Some of my favorite food spots: Au Cheval for the cheeseburger!..." See More

    • Paige B.

      Paige B. said, "...all along N Michigan Ave and also cool things to see such as the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cloud Gate, the Lincoln Park Zoo in Lincoln Park ect. You can walk all over the city and transportation is..." See More

  • 3 mentions in In Chicago in early May for one night only; suggestions?

    • Tyler L.

      Tyler L. said, "...Be sure to go to Cubs game if you are a sports fan, Cloud Gate is amazing and Lou Malnatis Pizzeria is the best pizza. The architecture boat tour is also really cool...." See More

    • Emily B.

      Emily B. said, "...heading into a couple different neighborhoods for dinner and drinks. I might start downtown at Millennium Park to see the fountains, Cloud Gate (the bean) and do plenty of people watching! Then either jump on the blue line and head northwest to..." See More

    • Christa H.

      Christa H. said, " Arcade in a bar. Sooooo much fun. You can do brunch at Bongo Room. I like the Shedd Aquarium and Cloud Gate is Okaaaay but not a huge deal to me. (Mind you I am from the Chicago area so maybe..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Best free things to do in Chicago?

    • Lauren F.

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      Lauren F. said, "...On a nice day spend some time in Millennium Park and check out Cloud Gate, Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, and Maggie Daley Park - totally free and a beautiful spot near the lake to walk around for hours. Stop..." See More

    • elizabeth h.

      elizabeth h. said, "...National Museum of Mexican Art! Walking around Lincoln Park, walking around Millennium Park, the Buckingham Fountain, and Cloud Gate (the bean)...." See More

  • 2 mentions in What are the most popular neighborhoods in Chicago?

    • Lauren F.

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      Lauren F. said, "...Chicago are my hotel recs here. Just outside the loop are my favorite spots on a nice day, Millennium Park with Cloud Gate (aka The Bean) and Maggie Daley Park, and The Art Institute of Chicago on a not as nice day...." See More

    • Jillian G.

      Jillian G. said, "...recommend you stay in River North. I like River North because it gives you the option to walk to places like Cloud Gate to see the "bean", pop into the The Art Institute of Chicago, or even head up to the top..." See More

  • 1 mention in LA, San Fran, Chicago and NYC with a toddler

    • John W.

      John W. said, "...the easiest thing is to explore a lot of the outdoors if the weather is nice. The standard things will be The Bean, Millenium Park, and Navy Pier. If you don't mind your son getting wet, he might really enjoy the..." See More

  • 1 mention in Road trip from NYC to LA....Any MUST SEE'S to recommend???

    • Jillian G.

      Jillian G. said, "...the must stops: Chicago: Grab a slice at Pequod's Pizza to try their caramelized pizza crust and take a selfie at Cloud Gate (the bean). Since I'm from Chicago, happy to help with any specifics! Kansas City (Kansas): Must eat BBQ. Go..." See More

  • 1 mention in Kid Friendly in Chicago

    • Melissa C.

      Melissa C. said, "...I also highly recommend the Shedd Aquarium. Millennium Park is a fun place to walk around. Kids love seeing themselves in Cloud Gate, also known as The Bean. Another idea is to hop on the El downtown and just ride it..." See More

  • 1 mention in What to do with a 7 year old in Chicago?

    • Cheryl R.

      Cheryl R. said, "...Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, The Art Institute of Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo & Millennium Park and Cloud Gate..." See More

  • 1 mention in Chicago recommendations for brief business trip?

    • Gaia Z.

      Gaia Z. said, "...Hi Cyndi! For a one-day trip, you might want to stay downtown and visit places such as the Cloud Gate or Water Tower Place. If you want to leave the beaten path, the neighborhoods of Old Town and Wicker Park are perfect..." See More

  • 1 mention in Cheap but awesome places to go and see in the Chicago area

    • Ying Y.

      Ying Y. said, "...things to do (I agree with another poster that there is not too much in terms of outdoorsy stuff to do): Cloud Gate- This is super touristy, but also kind of fun and free. It is in Millennium Park.The Art Institute..." See More

  • 1 mention in Chicago Tourism and Gay Friendly Nightlife

    • Derek P.

      Derek P. said, "...During the day, go see Grant Park. That will get you the Cloud Gate and the fountain, both of which are cool. You'll have good luck going out in Boystown any night of the week, especially during summer...." See More

  • 1 mention in Questions Regarding Lakeview Area

    • D C.

      D C. said, " do including the new ferris wheel ride. If you want to shop, stroll down N Michigan Ave. Millennium Park and The Bean are also fun spots to visit. In Wrigleyville, Cubby Bear Lounge is a fun place, especially on game day...." See More

  • 1 mention in Best hidden gems in Chicago?

    • Keith G.

      Keith G. said, "...While you are in the area you can go check out Millenium Park and be sure to take your picture at Cloud Gate. Some more Chicago eats have to include pizza, and I would think you should try deep dish at..." See More

  • 1 mention in Looking for things to do in Chicago, IL?

    • Jordan M.

      Jordan M. said, "'re sure to find lots of photo ops throughout the park, at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, and at Cloud Gate (The Bean)! A minute's walk from that, at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 East Washington Street) you and your..." See More

  • 1 mention in What's the best neighborhood in Chicago for a first time visitor?

    • Jose S A.

      Jose S A. said, "...and restaurants. Generally i take visitors to: 1. union station and its grand hall 2. Willis Tower 3. Millennium Park / Cloud Gate "The Bean" 4. Navy Pier 5. Michigan Avenue 6. Wrigleyville..." See More

  • 1 mention in Non-touristy family-friendly things in Chicago

    • Emily B.

      Emily B. said, "...some of the attractions that may be deemed on the touristy side, but are worth checking out: Millenium Park which contains Cloud Gate (affectionately known as "The Bean") as well as huge screens that project images of people's faces and spit out..." See More

  • 1 mention in One month to Travel the US- need itinerary help!

    • Will C.

      Will C. said, "...Chicago Millenium Park and Cloud Gate tourist attractionsChicago Water Taxi to take you along the river. See the cityscape in the heart of the cityPortillo'sBuddy Guy's Legends for some blues musicEl Hefe Mexican Restaurant for a party on Sunday nightChicago Riverwalk newly..." See More