During this Spring break I headed to Chicago for my very first time.
However, I didn’t expect it to be rainy all week. But thanks to the rain, I had such a precious chance to enjoy a different Chicago.
The most rainy day was the day I went to the Millennium Park for the “Big Bean” sculpture. Its actual name is “Cloud Gate,” a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed “The Bean” because of its bean-like shape. “Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams.”
It was inconvenient to visit under a rainy but when I got closer to the “Bean,” i realized that it could be a good opportunity for me to see the city in another way. The shiny silver bean became more vivid surrounded by the gloomy air, which made it more lonely somehow. The water drops slide down from the smoothy sphere as if it is crying.
Chicago is an artistic city, I’d like to say. But a rainy Chicago is an imposing city. It is not like the Chicago in the love movies, where couples choose to get married. Even though it is not warm, you just can’t help yourself stopping the pace and breathing with the city for a little while and maybe you will hear the secrets whispering and telling you their stories in Chicago.
Next time, I might choose a sunny day to meet Chicago.
But this time, I would just stay here with you, my rainy Chicago.