The Bean

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Busy, bustling, and sky-scraping views in one of the most iconic sculptures

Formally known as “The Cloud Gate,” the Bean is the ultimate symbol of the city of Chicago worldwide. A reflective background sets a unique tone with a backdrop filled with historic skyscrapers. No matter the time of day, the whizzing of cars in nestled on the streets behind the sculpture provide the ultimate city feel with a view that you can capture without having to be tens of floors above the ground.

The City of Chicago has strict limitations about who can marry without a permit. This option is only possible if you are having an elopement with only you both and are not afraid of onlookers. 

  • Sight Seeing 70% 70%
  • Food 80% 80%
  • Transportation 80% 80%
  • Activities 60% 60%
  • Difficulty 80% 80%

To reach The Bean, we’d first recommend eloping early in the morning. The Bean is the most popular attraction in Chicago and becomes very crowded throughout the day. It’s easy to reach via public transportation, but there are a plethora of lodging options nearby, making it simple to stay and walk right on over. 

Delicious Food and Drink near The Bean

1. Broken English Taco Pub

Craving tacos? This pub has some of the most exotic flavors you’ll find in Chicago for prices that aren’t as high as the building surrounding. They also make an exceptionally strong margarita.

2. Redhead Piano Bar

A little bit of a walk away from the Bean is this underground 4am bar. Here you’ll find patrons both young and old, belting out melodies while the piano is being played. They serve classic drinks but at reasonable prices for this area of town.

3. Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap

There are plenty of places to find the iconic Chicago Hot Dog, but finding a perfect set of wings is even more challenging. Jake’s has some of the best wings in the downtown area for prices that won’t make you cry as hard as their spicy wings will. 

Day 1

As with most of our suggestions for the first day upon arrival, food is always on the menu. Chicago boasts some of the best chefs in all of the country. Take the day to explore downtown Chicago and eat to your heart’s desire. 

Day 2

Elope! To prepare for a Chicago elopement, you’ll first want to prepare for traffic. Nothing screams Chicago more than traffic anytime of the day. If you aren’t walking over to your elopement location, we’d recommend reserving a driver or leaving at least 45 minutes more travel time than planned to Uber your way over. 

Day 3

Chicago hosts some of the best museums in the country, and each museum can take at least a full day to completely explore. Our favorite? The Adler Planetarium. No matter the time of year, the planetarium is fun to explore at any age.