Free Light Show at the Bean in Millennium Park – Feb 2012

Luminous Field, an unprecedented site-specific video and sound installation by the Chicago-based artists, Luftwerk, will illuminate Cloud Gate in Millennium Park from February 10-20. Family activities, live performances and dance events will complement the installation that will transform the Park into a digital canvas of light and geometrical form, with music composed by Owen Clayton Condon of Chicago’s Third Coast Percussion.  Luminous Field will be on view on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 – 10 PM, and Sunday – Thursday evenings from 6 – 9 PM. (click at bottom for more info)

This February, Millennium Park is transformed into a digital canvas of light and geometrical form with its first-ever site-specific video and sound installation by the Chicago-based artistic ensemble Luftwerk. Created specifically for Millennium Park, the installation will illuminate Cloud Gate – known by many Chicagoans as “The Bean” – and its surrounding AT&T Plaza with dramatic images and colors set to music composed by Owen Clayton Condon, of the local avant-garde classical ensemble, Third Coast Percussion.
Interactive Performances at AT&T Plaza free light show - the bean
Fridays, February 10 & 17, at 7, 8 and 9 PM
Join local theater company Collaboraction for performances and interactive games inspired by Luminous Field.


Related Programming in Nearby Heated Tent

A heated tent is available nearby at the Chase Promenade North location for warming up with fun family activities, dancing and a variety of international performances. The Park Grill will offer concessions for purchase.

Family Activities
Feb. 11-13 & Feb. 18-20, 11AM – 3PM
11 AM-3 PM: Activities

Families can participate in hands-on arts and crafts activities provided by local arts and cultural organizations.

Feb 11-13: Chicago Children’s Museum and Chicago Architecture Foundation
Feb 18-20: Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture 


11AM: Wiggleworms
Join Wiggleworms instructors from the Old Town School of Folk Music as they lead young children in sing-alongs, circle dances, finger games and more.


1PM: Family Performances
Enjoy a mix of live music representing six continents in six days.


Winter Dance
Enjoy dance lessons and live music before and after visiting Luminous Field at Cloud Gate.

Space is limited, doors open 30 minutes before the start of the session.

Lesson: 5 – 6 PM

Open Dancing: 6 – 8 PM


Saturday, February 11

Dance Instruction by the American Tango Institute and Live Music by Tangata
Saturday, February 18

Dance Instruction by Big City Swing and Live Music by Sons of Susan


Sunday Night Concert Series at 7 PM

Sunday, February 12: Third Coast Percussion
Sunday, February 19: Pillars and Tongues

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the show. Reservations are not required, but space is limited.
Artist Talk with Luftwerk
Wednesday, February 15, 7PM
Learn more about Luftwerk’s process in creating Luminous Field.


CLICK HERE FOR complete details and event lineup .


  1. I was dissappointed with the luminate light show at the Bean. It was wall to wall people Saturday evening and you couldn’t even tell what the buzz was all about. Very little interaction not to mention reflection off the Bean. I wish they would of roped off the area so it could of been enjoyed by all.

  2. The security there had no control over the crowd. They roped off the corners but watched as everyone just hung out in the middle of the lighted portion. It made it pointless to see any light show.

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