Cherub-approved guide to Millennium Park

During the third week of the program, cherubs have the opportunity to explore Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. For many cherubs, it was their first time going downtown. After tours of various news outlets, cherubs enjoyed an afternoon of food, photos and famous sites. Here are their favorites:

Classical music at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
On most weekday afternoons, the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus hold free, open rehearsals for their evening concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Designed by Frank Gehry, steel ribbons arch over the venue, which seats 11,000 and can accommodate a 120-member orchestra and choir. When cherubs were in Millennium Park, the orchestra practiced Beethoven’s Second Symphony. Eve Gross-Sable of San Diego, California, and Anna McNulty, of New York CIty, relaxed in the shade of the bandshell and enjoyed the music — a much-needed break from the stress of trend story week. “It had been a very high-tension week, so it was nice to unwind with the music,” Gross-Sable said. She added that the tranquility of the pavilion nicely juxtaposed with the crowded, urban environment of the park.

Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate, the 33-foot-tall metallic sculpture known as The Bean, is a crowd favorite among cherubs and tourists alike. Cherubs enjoy distorted reflections of themselves and the Chicago skyline on its surface, and, of course, they take pictures. The field trip marked the second time that Carlos Stinson-Maas from Tempe, Arizona, visited the stainless steel sculpture. He said it is a Chicago must-see. “I loved The Bean so much that I literally kissed it multiple times,” Stinson-Maas said. Sydney Bergan of Andover, Massachusetts, experimented with taking unique pictures of The Bean. She advises cherubs to get photos from all angles and find a spot that isn’t too crowded. “It’s really important to get an angle that shows the integrity of The Bean,” Bergan said. “You aren’t the main focus; it’s always The Bean.”

Cherub Carlos Stinson-Maas kisses The Bean in Millennium Park. Photo by Rachel Carlson

Carlos Stinson-Maas kisses The Bean in Millennium Park. Photo by Rachel Carlson

Crown Fountain
Many cherubs beat the summer heat by playing in the shallow reflecting pool at Crown Fountain, one of Chicago’s best-known public works of art. Water cascades down the fountain’s two 50-foot glass towers, as each projects faces of 1,000 Chicago citizens. Much like The Bean, Crown Fountain gave cherubs a unique experience to interact with large-scale artwork. After getting ice cream with friends, Sarah Meadow of Santa Monica, California, splashed around in the fountain. “Architecturally it was interesting and something I hadn’t seen before,” Meadow said. “I got pretty wet actually, but I don’t regret it.”

Sarah Meadow and Aidan Duffy look up at Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.

Sarah Meadow and Aidan Duffy look up at Crown Fountain in Millennium Park. The students went to the park after going on media tours in Chicago. Photo by Sadie Schwartz

Lurie Garden
During the field trip, cherubs can stroll through Lurie Garden and take a brief break from the park’s busy surroundings. The 2.5-acre garden, which is open to the public, has 240 varieties of plants and a raised boardwalk that divides the garden. Drew Schott of Greenwich, Connecticut, appreciated the serene setting, which offered a respite from bustling city life. “It was a good five minutes to get in touch with your surroundings and bond with nature, despite being in the middle of a giant metropolis,” Schott said.

Don’t go to these places out on an empty stomach. Here are some cherub-approved restaurants to try near the park:

  • Gordo’s Homemade Ice Cream Bars
  • Goddess and the Baker
  • Nutella Cafe Chicago
  • Sweetgreen
  • Shake Shack