Daily Wanderlust: Chicago’s Cloud Gate

Written by on June 26, 2012 in Daily Wanderlust, 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 residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2010 she quit her job in PR to go on a solo backpacking adventure and tackle her 30-Life-Crisis. After seven months abroad, journeying throughout Europe and Africa, she returned to America and relocated to Las Vegas. Following a year-long stint back in PR, she once again quit her job to follow her dreams; this time her journey took her to the elephants and Elephant Nature Park where she is involved with raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. Recently, Diana was named a finalist in the Destinology Travel Bloggy Awards for travel writing. She has been a regular contributor to Viator and recently served as the Las Vegas contributor for OneTravel.com and CheapOair.com. Her work has appeared in print and online, including The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Vegas Seven, World Nomads 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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