Daily Wanderlust: Chicago’s Cloud Gate

Written by on June 26, 2012 in Destinations - 3 Comments

Editor’s Note: This post is a part of the #winosontheroad series. Over Yonderlust and d travels ’round are road tripping and exploring America through June 27. Be sure to check out all of the posts of life on the open road.

I have seen it many times in photos, that iconic silver nugget located in Millennium Park in Downtown Chicago’s Loop community.

Formally, the name of this gigantic mass of metal is Cloud Gate. But, Chicagoans and its visitors have dubbed it a more fitting one –The Bean — for its similarity to said legume.

Designed by artist Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate was built between 2004 and 2006 from 168 stainless steel plates.

Have you visited this popular spot in Chicago?

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About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently working on getting a student visa for Spain. She just finished 2 1/2 years as an expat in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked for Save Elephant Foundation and Elephant Nature Park, an organization dedicated to rescuing elephants and raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. A former career breaker and long term solo traveler,  today, Diana is a responsible elephant tourism expert and is the co-founder of #RTTC, the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, which includes a weekly chat on Twitter focusing on responsible tourism. She has appeared as an elephant tourism expert in numbers documentaries and was recently featured in an episode of House Hunters International. Her writing has appeared in About.com, Thought Catalog, The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Luna Luna, Vegas Seven, World Nomads, Viator, CheapOair, OneTravel and more.

3 Comments on " Daily Wanderlust: Chicago’s Cloud Gate "

  1. Emily in Chile June 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm · Reply

    Awesome picture! And I had no idea that its real name wasn’t The Bean…shows how much I know about Chicago.

  2. Rease July 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm · Reply

    I freaking LOVE the Bean and Millenium Park. I visited right after it was built (visiting a friend, just got lucky with timing). It’s such a great photo op and it’s just a fun structure.

    • Diana July 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm · Reply

      I loved just standing in front of it and watching everyone!

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