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If you need a little refresher course for your out-of-town visitors, you can brush up by taking one of the free guided tours that depart daily from the Cultural Center at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
As you check out the 240 species of plants in Lurie Garden, give your karma a boost by tossing a few coins into the water that runs along the “seam.” The money is used to support the garden’s public programs.
If you’re packing a picnic and heading to a Grant Park Music Festival concert on a Saturday night, get there early for Club 615, a free lecture series that happens at 6:15 p.m. in the Choral Hall behind the Pritzker Pavilion.
We know, we know, we’re supposed to call it Cloud Gate. But it’ll always be the Bean to us. In any case, some stats on the city’s most-photographed hunk of stainless steel: It weighs 110 tons and is 66 feet long. And you’ll get the best pic if you stand on the southwest end of the sculpture and face north.
The thing to see right now at Millennium Park--and you can’t miss them--is the four giant sculptures of girls’ heads by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa (on view through December 15). The largest one stands nearly 40 feet tall.
"Look Into My Dreams, Awilda," by Jaume Plensa in Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, courtesy of the Richard Gray Gallery.
Millennium Park still feels like the new cool thing in town. We never get tired of watching kids splash around under those giant smiling faces, and there’s no such thing as taking too many selfies in front of the Bean.
But can you believe it’s already been ten years since Mayor Daley’s pet project opened? We can’t.
In honor of the big birthday this month, see our slideshow of things you need to know about Millennium Park now.
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