As in years past, this month I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. 2016 marks my fifth anniversary, so to celebrate, I’m hosting Friday Blog-Ins here in San Diego; you can find out more info about where we’re meeting each week on my A to Z Challenge page. My monthly theme is Chicago From A to Z, so stay tuned from Monday to Saturday for new posts on the Windy City. Or sign up for my mailing list (delivered weekly, on Fridays) so you don’t miss a thing!
A is for Art & Architecture
Chicago is well known around the world for its art and architecture.
Just look at that skyline:
Some of my favorite buildings are in Chicago, like the Sears Tower (sorry, but I will never refer to this one as the “Willis Tower”!) at 233 S. Wacker Drive:
And the Marina City “corncobs” (300–350 N. State St., 315–339 N. Dearborn St.):
As well as the unusually shaped Crain Communications Building (150 N. Michigan Ave.), formerly known as the Smurfit-Stone Building, which you can see here on the far right. You may remember this one from the movie Adventures in Babysitting (or, more recently, Transformers: Dark of the Moon):
And I haven’t even mentioned some of Chicago’s most beloved architects yet, like Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jeanne Gang and Frank Gehry!
With buildings so unusual and easily recognized by their outlines, it’s clear that Chicago is a city that cares about its architecture. So it’s probably no surprise that there have been many articles written about the Top 10 (or 50!) buildings you should visit in the city, as well as plenty of architectural tours conducted for curious visitors.
Indeed, Chicago just seems to have artistic expression built into its soul. There are murals and public art pieces by famous painters, sculptors and mixed media artists spread across the city, adding to that uniquely Chicago experience.
Here are just a few of the famous artworks you can see – for free – in the city of Chicago.
Marc Chagall’s “The Four Seasons” mosaic (10 S. Dearborn St., Chase Tower):
Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo” (50 W. Adams St.):
Picasso’s untitled sculpture – initially despised, presently beloved (Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.):
Jean Dubuffet’s “Monument With Standing Beast” (James R. Thompson Center Plaza, 100 W. Randolph St.):
Jaume Plensa’s “The Crown Fountain” (Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.):
What’s your favorite art installation or architectural style in the city of Chicago?
Giveaway: San Diego from A to Z
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