Cloud Gate

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Well, here it is! The magic bean also known as Cloud Gate. I remember when they built this thing. Everyone I heard from who lives in Chicago said it was one of the stupidest things they ever put in Chicago. My beloved South Siders have a point. Lord knows how much it cost to build and it’s free to go see, so the tax payers don’t really profit or care for it. As far as “ART” goes…I dunno. It’s a giant mirror in the shape of a bean. It was a bit chilly the day I went to go see it and I was by myself so I don’t even have an artsy fartsy picture of me in the reflection. I walked the perimeter of it and underneath it as well, that part was cool. I did like it and it’s worth a trip only if you’re downtown already. And, as it turns out, the ice rink is right below it! I’ll go back over the summer but if I’m there again in the winter I will bring my skates!

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Art Institute of Chicago

What a beautiful museum! I can’t believe I grew up here and never once went there. Personally, I’m not a big fan of modern art. Maybe that’s why I never went before…I just don’t see the beauty in paint splatter or twisted metal, but thankfully this museum had more.

Loved the sculptures from India, China and the Greco-Roman exhibits! Paperweights were strange but cool and I was fascinated by the tiny rooms of the French and British homes. I did get lost in this place trying to find the bridge to the magic bean. Because of this, I wound up seeing most of the place. I managed to squeeze in a few visual moments of the paintings of American Gothic, Water Lily Ponds and even Afternoon in the Park. Very cool because of their history and value but otherwise they tell me nothing of the times they were painted in.

The bridge, by the way, is located on the third floor but its accessed through the first floor coat check room then an elevator to the third floor. Once there it’s a nice walk down to Millennium Park and Cloud Gate/Bean.

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