The American Planning Association just released their list of the Six Best Public Spaces in the United States and "The Bean" is one of them.

Cloud Gate, what we call "The Bean", was ranked one of six Great Public Spaces on the American Planning Association list.  According to DNA Info how they select each space is based on how it demonstrates "exceptional character, quality and planning — with attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth and inspire others around the country.,"

Did you know that the Bean has become a tourist and resident hot spot, that brought in $1.2 billion in tourism dollars. Wow!

Congratulations to the Windy City for reaching an notable achievement!

To see the complete list of the other Great Public Spaces, click here.

Hmmm, if it were up to you which places here in the stateline are do you think should be on the Great Spaces list?

The Rockford Symbol? Nicholas Conservatory? Sinnissippi Park? What or Where else?