Last week one of my college roommates from Hong Kong visited Chicago with her family. We had a magical time going around the city and eating up a storm (Ethiopian, Greek, stuffed pizza, Persian, and even Chinese food). Cloud Gate, or the Bean as we call it, was one of their favorite sites in Chicago. And it’s one of mine, too. I remember back when it was new and Chicagoans were not happy about it. Like all changes, it took a while to get used to it. But now it’s an icon of Chicago and we love it. This is a view from underneath the Bean.