On this day: Millennium Park, Chicago

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries.

On April 8, 2018, I was at Millennium Park in Chicago, USA.

It was our first full day in Chicago. To start off our trip in style, we visited one of the most iconic spots in the Windy City — Millennium Park.

Located in the Loop community area, Millennium Park opened in 2004 as a civic centre and landmark intended to celebrate the third millennium. It spans 24.5 acres near the Lake Michigan shoreline, covering land previously occupied by parkland, rail yards, and parking lots. Since its opening, Millennium Park has grown into the top tourist attraction in the Midwestern United States.

The best known attraction of the park is undoubtedly Cloud Gate. Situated within the AT&T Plaza, Cloud Gate (popularly nicknamed “The Bean” because of its legume-like shape) is a three-story reflective steel sculpture designed by artist Anish Kapoor. It is composed of 168 stainless steel plates welded together; its smooth shape and mirror-like surface were apparently inspired by the appearance of liquid mercury. On the west facing side, visitors can view a reflection of the city skyline, highlighting the historic Michigan Boulevard District.

24 responses to “On this day: Millennium Park, Chicago”

  1. Cloud Gate is one of the most awesome public sculptures ever as well as one of the most notable architectural marvels. It’s the perfect hotspot for taking photos due to the intriguing reflective properties found there. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day. Aiva 🙂

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    1. Yes, it was fun taking all kinds of weird and fun photos against the reflective surface. Thanks for reading!

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  2. You brought my memory back about our trip to Chicago. It was so good. Oh, I miss traveling. We are living in a strange time right now….. Your pictures very nice. Thanks!

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    1. I miss travel so much too! For now we will have to live with our memories…

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      1. Yes. We have to be patient. Stay safe and have good weekend!🙂

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  3. Such an interesting icon to the city! I would love to go here and see the city reflected off “the bean”.

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    1. It is worth a visit! You can definitely find a lot to do in Chicago for an extended weekend or longer.

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  4. Great post! Reminded me of my own time in Chicago. And that I need to get that trip published one of these years! We’ve Bean Travelling!

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    1. Haha, we’ve Bean travelling indeed! Looking forward to reading your recap of Chicago travels eventually.

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  5. The main reason why I want to visit Chicago is for Millennium Park, especially with “The Bean.” The monument offers a unique perspective on the Chicago skyline, and one could say that it’s “warped” interpretation of said skyline is to reflect the trademark “windiness” of the city!

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    1. Ah, that’s a great interpretation, I wonder if that’s what the artist intended.

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  6. So much fun to take pictures at the Cloud Gate. We have not been to Chicago, yet🙂
    Christie

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  7. […] a morning exploring Millennium Park and seeing The Bean, we spent our afternoon on the much hyped Chicago Architecture River […]

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  8. awesome design thanks for sharing Jess!

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  9. […] names in Chicago pizza. We stopped by one of the locations for lunch after our morning exploring Millennium Park and ordered their classic pepperoni. To be honest, I much prefer thinner pizza crusts à la New […]

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  10. Always love my time in Chicago and thanks for pointing it out to everyone else.

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    1. Thanks for reading! Chicago is a great city.

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  11. I’ve seen so many photos of “the Bean”, it’s so iconic. I hope to visit Chicago one day and see it for myself.

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    1. It’s a long trip from Australia but I hope you make it there someday!

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  12. That’s quite some architecture there Jess, it’s nice to see more of your travel posts!

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    1. Thanks for checking them out!

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