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Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

With Plucky Friends Gary and Donna we got a mini-tour of Downtown Chicago including the envy-inducing Millennium Park. The latter is a relatively new civic development that includes a Frank Gehry designed outdoor amphitheater, the site of regular free concerts; an instantly appealing mirrored, gleaming, bean-shaped art object (it's called the Cloud something but everyone calls it The Bean because that's what it looks like); and a hypnotic multi-media fountain all set in a sort of natural bowl with the Chicago skyline surrounding it. At night the whole thing just twinkles.

We were deeply jealous because Los Angeles has nothing like this yet. This is a modern, metropolitan version of the town square, like we saw in so many small towns on this trip, a place for community to gather and interact.

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