Last time I was talking about Chicago, I was telling you about my favorite skyscrapers and how this Architecture tour recommended by a blind guy was fabulous (for those who’ve missed the story : here). Another famous Chicago Landmark is the “bean“, located in the very iconic Millenium Park, originally created to celebrate the millennium (but it never did, since it opened a few years behind schedule haha !).
The bean is actually a nickname, since the real name of this sculpture is the Cloud Gate (I much prefer saying the bean though :D). The sculpture is made up of stainless steel plates welded together, with no visible seams. It is so shiny and polished that you can see yourself in it like in a mirror.
I wish we had taken cooler pictures than this.. oh well. Not so long ago, I’ve seen a wonderful picture of the bean on another blog, have look if you have time, it is really better than what I managed to take !
Not so far away from the bean, there is the Buckingham Fountain, the coolest fountain I’ve ever seen. The fountain is meant to represents Lake Michigan, with each sea horse representing the states that border the lake (Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana).
From there, we walked to the Field museum of Natural History, considered as one of the biggest Natural History museum of the world. We particularly enjoyed the Evolving Planet gallery that displays the evolution of life on Earth over 4 billion years through the different mass extinctions. I really loved the dinosaurs hall :-)
When we first entered in the main hall, we weren’t expecting to see a full size Tyrannosaurus rex ! All the previously discovered T. rex skeletons were usually missing over half of their bones, but not this one. It was complete at 80%, which is impressive ! There was an auction for the skeleton, and the Field museum wanted to purchase it so people would have been able to observe it. However, it was very difficult for them to have enough money, so they asked companies to provide financial support and that’s how Mc Donald’s became an official sponsor of Sue the T. rex :-) There is a shinny plate at the bottom of the skeleton saying “sponsored by Mc Donalds”, and at that time, I found that hilarious. Not so much now.
We didn’t have time to visit the Adler planetarium, but a fellow blogger was telling me not so long ago that it was her favorite place in Chicago. I’m sure it’s worth checking :-)
I’m off to Lake District for the weekend ! See you in a few days :-)