Art Institute Museum, Chicago
Favorite thing: The great bronze LIONS guarding the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago, have been a presence and a symbol of the museum for over 110 years. Larger than life-size, Edward Kemeys "Lions" are realistically depicted, but have inspired more affection than fear over the years. Their poses are similar although not identical. One is "on the prowl" and the other "stands in an attitude of defiance". As it was the Christmas Holidays, each one was adorned with a big red bow.
This picture was taken on a rainy May 1, 2004, but in ANY weather the treasures inside are worth the wait.
Hint: If you are a member or a member of an affiliated museum you can go inside and wait for the museum to open in comfort:)
Go to the Art Institute! Fabulous collection! There is so much to see, your feet may give out before your spirit. They frequently have blockbuster visiting exhibits. Check their website before you go. Don't forget to see the Miniature Rooms on the lower level (on the opposite side of the staircase from the restrooms). They are easily overlooked.
Fondest memory: Beautiful sunset from the bar at the top of the John Hancock Tower.
Favorite thing: Visit the Chicago Art Institute Museum ( free day is Tuesday), the Field Museum of Nateral Science ( Free day Wednesday), or the Museum of Science and Industry ( free day Thursday). Also the Sheed aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and many others.
Walking along Michigan Avenue you can visit the Art Institute of Chicago that contains nice impressionist and post-impressionist collections, miniature collections, etc.
Fondest memory: walking along Michigan Avenue and visiting
the Museum Campus Chicago
Favorite thing: ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO. Some of the most famous paintings in the world are here, including an incredibly strong collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, with seminal works by Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, and van Gogh. Some of the museum's best known paintings include Grant Wood's American Gothic, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, Pablo Picasso's Old Guitarist, and Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte-1884. Don't miss the Stock Exchange Room, a splendid reconstruction of the trading floor of the old Chicago Stock Exchange. The two lion statues flanking the museum's main entrance are probably the most well-known, and photographed, in the world. 111 S. Michigan Ave., PHONE: 312/443-3600.
The Art Institute of Chicago is a beautiful facility housing siome of the best pieces of art in the world! You could go for days and still not see everything there is. It is HUGE!
The Art Institute of Chicago is home to Van Gogh's "The Bedroom"...it has such a great array of color. It was such a fun day!
Favorite thing: Go to the Art Museum. It is awesome. Lots of things to see! This picture is of one of the famous Lions out front.