Nichols Bridgeway


Renzo Piano designed this silver, pedestrian-only span. It arches from Millennium Park over Monroe St to the Art Institute’s small, 3rd-floor sculpture terrace (which is free to view). Piano, incidentally, also designed the museum's Modern Wing, which is where the sculpture garden is located.

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1. Crown Fountain

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Jaume Plensa’s two 50ft-high glass-block towers contain video displays that flash a thousand different faces of locals. Each mug puckers up and spurts…

2. Lurie Garden

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If the crowds at the Bean, Crown Fountain and Pritzker Pavilion are too much, seek out the peaceful Lurie Garden, which uses native plants to form a…

3. Millennium Park

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There's free admission to Millennium Park, the playful heart of the city. It shines with whimsical public art, both permanent and temporary exhibits, and…

4. Great Lawn

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The Great Lawn is the grassy area in front of Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, where everyone sits and picnics during concerts.

5. Cloud Gate

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6. Art Institute of Chicago

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The second-largest art museum in the country, the Art Institute houses a treasure trove from around the globe. The collection of impressionist and…

7. Route 66 Sign

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8. BP Bridge

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