Twenty years ago, a trip to Chicago may have meant a ride to the top of Sears tower. Today, tourists flood toward public art like Cloud Gate, often referred to as The Bean. Anish Kapoor's $23 million public art sculpture helped Millennium Park become a destination location for tourists and locals attracting 25 million people a year. The Bean is now part of the city's brand, and with all those visitors comes money. But, The Bean doesn't only bring in the tourist dollars, it adds to the culture and the quality of community for those living in Chicago.
Fort Wayne, like most communities, is constantly working to build a resilient and healthy economy. Quality of life is a key element of attracting the talent local businesses need to survive this competitive market.