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Heading to Chicago? Then get out that camera! The Windy City offers plenty of photographic inspiration like this 110-ton-pound stainless steel sculpture -- what locals the “The Bean.” Just head to Millennium Park on the downtown waterfront for a view of the statue that reflects Chicago’s skyline. Then swing by the Magnificent Mile for a look at the new, giant-sized Marilyn Monroe sculpture – another pic fit for the scrapbook.
Since 1919, the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse has served as a maritime marvel for residents of the Windy City. Situated at the very edge of Navy Pier jutting into Lake Michigan, the ruddy-roofed beacon gives off an incandescent light that often draws the gazes of passersby. It was once operated by the Coast Guard, but after deeming it an excess (though a beautiful one at that), its ownership was transferred to the City of Chicago in 2009.
In less than a decade, Millennium Park in downtown Chicago has become one of the most iconic urban greens in the US; its important architectural and artistic builds include Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate sculpture, the Crown Fountain by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa and the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, pictured. Here, crowds gather on the Great Lawn, a vast green space, under a web of steel beams where attached microphones help project sound. People gather for concerts, picnics or to simply admire Chicago’s stunning skyline.