As well as being one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions, Chicago’s Cloud Gate, known affectionately as The Bean by locals, is a full-blown artwork and marvel of engineering. The gigantic, gleaming sculpture was constructed between 2004 and 2006, the brainchild of British artist Anish Kapoor.
The giant mirrored bean-shaped structure, 42 feet high and 66 feet wide, is made up of 168 stainless steel plates, welded together and polished to a mirror-fine finish.
The Bean serves as an archway into Millennium Park and a tourist favorite for its curved reflections of the Chicago skyline. Located right next to The Loop, Magnificent Mile, and New Eastside, and a short walk to River North dining and entertainment districts, it’s in the heart of Downtown Chicago, minutes from the theater district and multiple dining hotspots.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite after your stroll through the park and multiple selfies under the giant shining installation, you’re going to be looking for somewhere to rest your legs and grab a cup of coffee or something to eat.
There’s no shortage of excellent eateries just a short walk from The Bean. Here are the best places to grab a bite nearby.
Avli On The Park offers an exciting take on contemporary Greek cuisine from Executive Chef Nikos Kapernaros, inspired by the city of Chicago. The pared-back menu is packed with classic Greek dishes that have been updated and refined for a modern palette.
Avli On The Park, a short walk to the North of Millenium Park is one of four locations for the group in Chicago, and its sister restaurant in Lincoln Park was picked out by Chicago Eater as one of the top Greek restaurants in town. They highlighted the “perfectly textured” moussaka with roasted lamb as a stand-out dish.
Head up to the rooftop at Avli's to enjoy one of the inventive cocktails — The Village Cooler, made with cucumber-infused gin is refreshing on a hot day, or if you need perking up, try the Frappe Martini, made with Tito's vodka, coffee liqueur, and fresh frappe grounds.
Remington’s couldn’t be closer to The Bean — this classic American grill is right opposite the sculpture on North Michigan Avenue.
An elegant venue for private dining and events for up to 225 guests, the menu presents a wide selection of seafood starters, salads, sandwiches, and all-American grill-house classics, including slow-roasted prime rib with au jus among other juicy steaks.
Do-rite Donuts is the perfect stop for a snack as you explore Chicago’s theater district. The Loop location a short walk from The Bean is temporarily closed but don’t fear, there’s another one a few blocks away!
These aren’t your standard frosted donuts either. Stop in for breakfast to enjoy a breakfast sandwich on brioche, or inside a donut. Wash it down with a brew made with locally roasted beans from Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee. Later in the day, grab a fried chicken donut sandwich as you explore the city further.
Don’t forget Do-rite Donuts are available for all kinds of private events. Get these fancy rings packaged up in pretty boxes and delivered to your wedding, birthday bash, or dinner party.
For a sit-down meal to remember, Roanoke offers contemporary dining in a historical setting. Sip on an old-fashioned and soak in the atmosphere in this century-old building, which is a Chicago landmark. Then settle down for a taste of contemporary grilled proteins and salads.
Roanoke is a sophisticated option for your wedding or private dinner, and the team also caters to outside events. The restaurant can accommodate a cocktail reception for 45 guests up to a full book out for 250. The first floor has private dining rooms for groups of 15 or more which can be configured to accommodate your precise needs.