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Installed within the outdoor area of The Art Institute of Chicago, the Fountain of the Great Lakes is a sculpture by Lorado Taft. Also referred to as the Spirit of the Great Lakes Fountain, it is a symbolic representation of water passing through the Great Lakes. Hence, it has five figurines of females together where water flows through their shells, replicating the Great Lakes. Critics and locals have had their own interpretations, and this sculpture has been lauded and criticized several times, but it still attracts tourists from all over and is an integral part of Chicago.
Pritzker Military Library was established in 2003 by Colonel James N. Pritzker in Chicago. Featuring over 700,000 items tracing the military history, this is one of the few research libraries dedicated solely to literature and ephemera on military. Open to public, the award-winning library often organizes interesting critically acclaimed exhibitions and programs throughout the year. Needless to say, this makes for an interesting visit.
Enjoy sightseeing, night tours, historical places, gardens and much more offered by the American Sightseeing Chicago. Tour the city in luxurious buses and also shop at the best places in Chicago. With so much to do and see in the city, you can make plans to spend a day or two and explore the beauty of the vibrant city. Customized tours can also be arranged for groups, if your planning a fun day out with friends and family. So go ahead and experience the magic of Chicago.
Since its addition in 2004, the Millennium Park's Crown Fountain is one of the star attractions of the the city. This interactive art piece with its dual glass towers of 50 feet (15.2 meters) in a huge black granite pool has LED screens that projects digital close-up faces of Chicagoans. The display lasts for five minutes which ends with an illusion of water spouting from the mouth much like a classic gargoyle fountain. Water cascades down the towers when the video is not on and is recycled to be used again. A must visit, especially to beat the heat on a summer day.
Gray Line Tours provides an excellent overview of Chicago. Titled "Inside Chicago," the tour includes a four hour bus ride through the Loop, the South Side, the Lakefront, Hyde Park, the Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast areas. You can also take the "Sky Deck" tour, which features a double decker bus with open top seating and makes extra stops at the John Hancock and Sears Towers.
Just a short walk from the Sears tower, Macy's State Street and many other Chicago attractions, Downtown Islamic Center mosque, as the name suggests, is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. Daily prayers and special Friday prayers are held regularly.
If you're looking for a place in Chicago to get away from it all, then come to a place where you can walk down pebble paved walkways, play tennis or just relax under the luscious trees. This is Grant Park. Named after General Ulysses S. Grant, the park belongs to the citizens of the city. It spreads out over 319-acres and has a dozen tennis courts and 16 softball fields! It is also the venue for many local summer events and concerts. So sit by the beautiful Buckingham Fountain, it's a great way to cool off in summer and has a fabulous view of the city and lake.
Designed by Solon B. Beman, this building opened in 1885 as a showroom and factory for the Studebaker company. Back then, it made a variety of horse drawn vehicles. (An early Studebaker covered wagon is at the Museum of Science and Industry.) After Studebaker moved out, the arts moved in, and the building became known as the "Carnegie Hall" of Chicago. The first floor provided a theater space, while the rest of the building housed offices of drama and music teachers. L. Frank Baum (the writer of "The Wizard of Oz"), Lorado Taft and Frank Lloyd Wright all had studios here. Today, the arts live on, and many of the offices remain dedicated to music.
The DePaul University assures every student a comprehensive and well-balanced education. With students from more than 100 countries enrolled here, a rich, multi cultural experience abounds in plenty thereby fostering a feeling of brotherhood. The faculty are top-class with most being researchers, authors and consultants. Student-guided tours which last an hour are available for those interested in visiting the campus. Check website for more details.
The Auditorium Building has been a major historic landmark of Chicago since 1890. Back then, architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan created a hotel, several offices and the wonderful Auditorium Theater inside this masterpiece construction—the building was considered the world's eighth wonder when it first opened its doors to the public. Although the structure stood independently since it took shape, it is a part of the Roosevelt University today and is preserved by the university's authorities—a number of literary events, music shows and educational forums are held at the Auditorium.
So you love theater and prefer story telling in the realistic way? Well, then you mustn't be deprived of the knowledge that Chicago's Downtown area is a thriving Theater District. Visual art performances of all kinds and forms are performed perennially in most of the theaters here. Some of these theaters are Ford Center for the Performing Arts/Oriental Theater, Auditorium Theater, Looking Glass Theater, Bank of America Theater, the Cadillac Palace Theater and the Drury Lane Theater.
This popular sculpture in Millennium Park has become a landmark of Chicago's cityscape. Ever since the public first glimpsed the then-unfinished structure in 2004, its unique appearance has drawn a great deal of both criticism and praise. Designed by British artist Anish Kapoor and forged from steel plates that have been polished to a mirror-like finish, Cloud Gate has been affectionately named "The Bean" by city residents because of its legume-like shape. At 66 feet long, 42 feet wide, and 33 feet high, this is one mighty bean, weighing in at 110 tons. The highly reflective surface and curved shape create an effect similar to that of a funhouse-mirror, distorting the shape of curious onlookers and making it a popular attraction for children of all ages. The sculpture often takes on a life of its own as its surface reflects Chicago's skyscrapers and the blue sky.