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Chicago: Cloud Gate

This Thursday, I want us to take a trip back to a landmark from one of my favorite (and underrated) U.S. cities — Chicago.  Within Chicago is Millennium Park, and within Millennium Park is Cloud Gate.  Most of you probably know this Gate as “The Bean.”

It was a beautiful November weekend when we went to Chicago.  It was so peaceful and almost soothing to see the leaves in all different shades of greens, reds, and yellows.  We had to stop on our walk to take a few photos just to capture the colors.

 

Now, here we are… The Bean!

 

I can’t deny that as simple as this structure is, it’s oddly inspiring and beautiful at the same time.  You can’t really explain it until you see it.  I mean, I’ve seen the structure numerous times in photos and in movies, but for some reason, when you’re standing it front of it, it just takes you somewhere else.

One of my favorite parts of this location was just watching the expressions of the people around me.  Everyone just had a smile plastered on their face over this simple structure.  We see our reflections all of the time thanks to mirrors, but this reflection was just… different.  You feel some weird sense of joy.  My perspective may also have been a little distorted because I spent a good minute watching a little girl about the age of 3 giggle contagiously as she looked at herself in her reflection and laughed harder everything she touched it.  She was so adorable; I got the warm fuzzies just thinking about it.  Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference, right?

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