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Chicago's iconic 'Bean' sculpture reopens to tourists after nearly a year of construction

In this Jan. 31, 2008, file photo, a couple is seen on the underside of the 110-ton stainless steel Anish Kapoor sculpture called "Cloud Gate" and nicknamed "The Bean" at Millennium Park in Chicago. One of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions reopened to the public Sunday, June 23, 2024 after nearly a year of renovations and construction. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, file) In this Jan. 31, 2008, file photo, a couple is seen on the underside of the 110-ton stainless steel Anish Kapoor sculpture called "Cloud Gate" and nicknamed "The Bean" at Millennium Park in Chicago. One of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions reopened to the public Sunday, June 23, 2024 after nearly a year of renovations and construction. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, file)
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CHICAGO, Ill. -

One of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions known as "The Bean" reopened to the public Sunday after nearly a year of renovations and construction.

Construction started in August last year, and fencing around the iconic sculpture limited closeup access to visitors. The work on the plaza surrounding the sculpture included new stairs, accessible ramps and a waterproofing system, according to the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

The bean-shaped sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor is formally known as "Cloud Gate" and weighs 110 tons (99.8 metric tons).

It's a busy tourist hub near Michigan Avenue, particularly for selfies with its reflective surface inspired by liquid mercury. Views of skyscrapers and crowds are reflected on the Millenium Park sculpture.

"Visitors can once again have full access to Chicago's iconic Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor," city officials said in a Sunday statement. "Come back and get your selfie!"

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