The Bean, as it's affectionately referred to, is actually entitled "Cloud Gate" and is just beautiful, if not a little fingerprinty, when you see it up close. It's super-cool, because you can see the skyline in it's reflection.
L to R: Nancy, Mark, Michael, me, Sabrina, Lena, random tourist.
Took this one from under the arch.
It's a Fun House mirror effect - we're all actually over 6 feet tall. ; p
These were taken the day prior to seeing The Bean from the ground from the roof of my cousin Art's building.
Can you see the skyline? It reminds me of something else. Hmmmm.Mark and I stayed at the Hampton Inn Majestic in the LaSalle Bank Theatre Building. It was very art-deco and in a great location, but what made it even cooler for me was the fact that my mom used to work in that building back in 1964! How strange to be in the elevator and think that Mom rode it to her job at the insurance company before she even MET Dad!