Sunday, February 28, 2010

Chicago: Do All Lines Lead to the Cloud Gate?

Ice-skating by the Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park.

The answer is...almost. Take CTA buses, the L or Metra and SS trains!

The Cloud Gate, a public sculpture by Anish Kapoor, is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park, in the downtown Loop district of Chicago. It's located on top of Park Grill, between the Chase Promenade and McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink. Completed in 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed "The Bean" because of its bean-like shape.

The bean is made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, and its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. This mirror-like surface reflects the Chicago skyline on its west side, but its elliptical shape would distort and twist the reflected image. When you walk around the structure, its surface acts like a fun-house mirror as it distorts your reflections.

Key Routes to and from the Cloud Gate:
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[Brown] [Green] [Orange] [Pink] [Purple]
[Metra Electric]
[South Shore]

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