Visitors wanting to get an up-close look at Chicago’s iconic “Cloud Gate” sculpture, known to many as “The Bean,” will find fencing and construction equipment in the surrounding area.
Over the summer, access to this popular tourist attraction became limited as construction began on the surrounding Millennium Park plaza, according to the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events .
Public access and views of the sculpture will be restricted until spring 2024, according to city officials.
Grainger Plaza will be subject to “necessary maintenance,” including replacement of paving stones and other repairs to increase accessibility.
The improvements, city leaders said, “will enhance the park’s appearance, visitor experience and its position as the No. 1 attraction in the Midwest.”