Monday, June 10, 2013


I always enjoy visiting the Art Institute of Chicago on Michigan Avenue. The museum attracts nearly 2 million visitors every year with an amazing collection of art by Seurat, Gauguin, Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, American artists Edward Hopper and Grant Wood and others.  A great way to spend an afternoon.

Nearby is Cloud Gate, better known as the Bean, a stainless steel sculpture that reflects and distorts the skyline and viewers. Completed in 2006 for $23 million it weighs 100 tons and is 33' x 66' x 42'   An amazing piece of modern art.

Willis Tower, better known as the Sears Tower, one of my favorite skyscrapers. Built in 3 years and finished in 1973, it's 108 stories & 1,451 feet tall and was the tallest building in the world for 25 years from 1973 to 1998.  Always worth a visit on nice days as the views are amazing.

The Art Institute of Chicago on Michigan Ave. 

The Lions guard the doors.

The Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
by French artist Georges-Pierre Seurat.

Two Sisters on the Terrace, an 1881 painting by French artist Renoir.

Classic Chicago.

"Cloud Gate" better known as the "Bean"

Amazing distorted reflections.

The old Sears Tower, renamed the Willis Tower.


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