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11 Ways to Experience Chicago’s Biggest Bean

Have you BEAN to Chicago? Judging from recent entries to our Show Us Your Chicago Photo Contest, many visitors to the Windy City can’t get enough of the city’s most famous large legume. The contest, sponsored by Chicago’s own Shedd Aquarium, runs through July 31st. Here is a sampling of the bean-tastic photos we’ve received so far.

Submit your photo for a chance to win tickets to Shedd Aquarium and a Fodor’s guide, or view the contest slideshow.

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chicago-bean-shelly_m.jpg“We visit my in-laws in Chicago every year during the holidays. This picture was taken in 2007, and it was the first time we had seen “The Bean.” Though it was smudgy with condensation on that day, we spent quite a while taking reflected photos in many different combinations.”

Submitted by shelly_m

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chicago-bean-plara.jpg“I braved a very cold November morning to get this shot. Security guard asked me why I abandoned a warm bed to come shoot, when the sculpture would be here all day. I showed him this image and said “THIS won’t last for more than a few seconds.”

Submitted by plara


“A couple of friends were in town and we were under “the bean” and took our picture.”

Submitted by ssegelh

chicago-bean-normalee.jpg“The 110 ton elliptical sculpture forged of stainless steel reflects the city’s skyline and the clouds above..”

Submitted by Normalee

chicago-bean-radtel.jpg“I had just had my first Prostate Cancer treatment and was on a short vacation in Chicago (November 2006). It was hot, for the end of the month. I walked around town with an architect friend of mine. That’s how one should see Chicago. With a pro. In this shot, you can see a lot of the different architecture in Chicago (although some of it is backwards). I loved Chicago and can’t wait to return.”

Submitted by radtel

chicago-bean-heymo.jpg“Early morning, day after Thanksgiving, 2008. Lying on the ground looking up at Cloud Gate with the sky and clouds reflected. Couldn’t tell where it ended and sky began!”

Submitted by heymo

chicago-bean-kimvigue.jpg“The shiny bean sculpture is so fun to visit. Nestled in the Millennium Park, it’s reflective surface provides entertainment to anyone standing near. It also offers a beautiful reflection of the Chicago urban landscape. Always a crowd pleaser!”

Submitted by kimvigue

chicago-bean-photofootp.jpg“The Bean” offered unlimited reflections of the Chicago Skyline. This is only one of many.”

Submitted by photofootvigue

chicago-bean-anaelli.jpg“Such a magnificent sculpture could not be photographed in an ordinary way.. so i jumped! My jumping for joy enticed others to do the same!! The image of me on the bean,jumping, is quite funny! It’s one way of commemorating a great sculpture in a fabulous city.”

Submitted by anaelli

chicago-bean-snorkelluvn.jpg“The juxtaposition of swaying dancers in front of the reflective “Bean” and Chicago architecture was amazing. There is so much free entertainment in this wonderful city, along with all the fabulous sights and lakeshore–this picture symbolizes that vibrancy and accessibility to art.”

Submitted by snorkelluvn

chicago-bean-TC.jpg“On vacation with a cute partner!”

Submitted by TC

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