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Construction to limit access to Chicago’s Bean

Fans of Chicago’s beloved “Bean” won’t be able to get up close and personal with the sculpture for several months.

The city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced Thursday that construction in Millennium Park is set to begin next week at which point “access and views of Cloud Gate will be limited.”

According to the statement on their website, construction on Grainger Plaza surrounding Cloud Gate will begin on August 15, 2023 and continue through the Spring of 2024.

“This necessary maintenance by the City of Chicago will replace pavers and make other repairs and accessibility upgrades to the Plaza—to enhance the nearly 20-year-old Park’s appearance, visitor experience, and position as the #1 attraction in the Midwest,” the department said.

Check out the line up for free movies in Millenium Park this summer!

All the movies have a 6:30p start time unless otherwise specified! June 5: Hairspray June 12: Mad Max: Fury Road June 19: Kinky Boots June 26: Groundhog Day July 3: High Fidelity July 9 at 11 a.m.: Iron Giant July 10: Man on Wire July 17: International Media Mixer July 24: Get Out July 31: WALL-E and Crash August 7: School of Rock August 14: Coco August 21: Slumdog MillionaireMORE