Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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In the world of social media, if selfie is a proof that you have indeed visited a place, then in a way it is suffice to say that you really never been to Chicago if you haven’t visited or taken a mirror photo of yourself against The Magic Bean or officially known as The Cloud Gate.

Located in Millennium Park, in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, Anish Kapoor ‘s 110 ton of sliver drop without a doubt is the biggest draw as to why people are keen to visit the park in the first place.
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“The Bean” as what most people called it, is a mirror reflecting the city- the skyscrapers, the wide open sky and the people around it.
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Regardless which vantage point you choose, the real magic of the Bean is the fun of looking for your small little distorted reflection against the crowd of strangers who are doing the same.
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A massive polished stainless steel plate somehow strangely placed against the classic stolid towers might be one of the best view to witness in Chicago.
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But Millennium Park is more than just The Cloud Gate, it is an art-filled green space, considered as one of the most important project in recent years that the city has undertaken and one of the primary reason to visit Chicago for first timers and a re-visit for those who have been to Chicago prior the park construction.

Every part of the Millennium Park is well-thought of, both of aesthetic, function or purpose.

A day can easily be spent lying down at The Great Lawn, staring at crisscross steel pipes of Jay Pritzker Pavilion while waiting for the free concert to start.
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The Crown Fountain’s 50-foot glass block towers projecting images of Chicago citizens which I assume is a fun place to escape the summer heat, while the southern end there is the Lurie Garden, a garden of bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees, a tribute to the city “Urbs in Horto”/ City of Garden motto.
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The BP Bridge and the Nichols Bridgeway not only provide a better panoramic view, but connects Millennium Park to two of the city’s important landmarks- Lake Michigan/Grant Park and the Arts Institute of Chicago.
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Arts Institute of Chicago despite smaller in size as compared to other renowned museums in the world, I must say is one of the best that I’ve been too .

The building itself is a work of art, boasting a diverse, quality collections, ranging from Picasso’s Old Guitarist, to Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and a personal favorite Grant Wood’s American Gothic.
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