- Type: Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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A first-time visit to Chicago isn't complete without a stop at Millennium Park. Sitting to the north of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Loop, this 24.5-acre space is used to showcase cutting-edge art, architecture and landscaping; it also acts as a backdrop for concerts and festivals. Most visitors come to Millennium Park to see the Crown Fountain and Cloud Gate, better known as "The Bean." Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain features two 50-foot towers facing off against each other across a shallow reflecting pool. The towers' LED screens project the faces of 1,000 different Chicago residents, which are perfectly aligned with spouts so that it appears they are spitting water on passers-by. Cloud Gate — created by British artist Anish Kapoor — is a 110-ton bean-shaped sculpture forged from stainless steel. The Bean's elliptical shape reflects the Chicago skyline.
There are plenty of other reasons to visit Millennium Park: You can see a concert at the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, stroll through the Lurie Garden or the Boeing Galleries (where contemporary sculpture is displayed outdoors) or sign up for a Segway tour at the McDonald's Cycle Center.
Millennium Park is open every day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and admission is free. To learn more about the park, its attractions and upcoming events, visit the City of Chicago website.
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