Michigan Ave./Washington Blvd; look east; Columbus Dr./Monroe St./Randolph St., 312-742-1168. Daily 6am-11pm. Free. Center for art, music, architecture.
● Crown Fountain Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, this interactive fountain consists of two 50-foot-high glass block towers with video images.
● Cloud Gate At the park’s Michigan Avenue entrance. Nicknamed "the Bean," this hugely popular 110-ton elliptical sculpture by British artist Anish Kapoorit is one of the world’s largest outdoor sculptures. It is made of a seamless series of polished stainless steel plates that reflect the city’s skyline and the clouds above. Taking a photo of your own reflection in the smooth, mirrored surface is a must-do.
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