Chicago 3: Millennium Park + The Art Institute of Chicago

Catch up on my Chicago adventures!
Chicago 1: Bloomingdale Trail + Street Art + Antique Taco
Chicago 2: I Love the ZOO!

I know this would normally be the weekend guide, but given my west coast absence this week, I don’t feel I can adiquately tell you about local events. Instad I’ll continue with my Chicago posts. On to a big day exploring Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. I took so many photos, it was hard to whittle it down to just a handful.

I included the photo above because while walking around I saw these free book stands. This is meant for the community to leave-a-book-take-a-book and share with each other. When I opened this one it had several children’s books inside. What a great idea for a city. Well done Chicago. They do the same thing with videos.

This art installation was done by kids working with the elderly (if I remember correctly?) and they created a series of life size human cut-outs made of metal. I like this one for the mustache.

We took the “L” train down to the loop for our city exploration day. This looks like the Warner Bros backlot… or does the backlot look like Chicago. It’s the chicken and the egg.

Once we entered Millenium Park I got to see the faces fountain! Well it’s actually called Crown Fountain but that’s not as fun sounding.

There is my friend Mark and I reflected in the world famous Bean! Everyone needs a Bean photo.

I love the reflection of the city in it.

Next up, we walked through the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. There was a musical orchestra practicing in there. At noon midweek this space was being used as a lawn to picnic on and I imagine at night it’s a great place to see concerts, a very fun outdoor venue.

Frank Gehry designed this bridge and walkway system carrying you through the park. If I lived in Chicago I would run through here everyday and then end it with a lunch at the zoo by the gorillas.

We headed down toward the water because I really wanted to see Lake Michigan.

This lead us to a big fountain with excellent city views.

Time for the Art Institute of Chicago!

There is an art auctioning game that I played growing up (and even as an adult because I love it) called Masterpiece. it’s a game about buying and selling paintings all of which are located in this museum. Getting to see these paintings in real life was such a joy. Poor Mark had to deal with me wanting to see EVERYTHING!

Another classic only in Chicago, Van Gogh’s bedroom. He lived a very shabby-chic style, wouldn’t you say?

Above is part of the old museum and below is in the new modern wing of the museum. This dude is probably 12′ tall? It’s hard to tell, but he’s huge. We also visited the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit in the new wing. We really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

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