Chicago Expedition: Millennium Park and the Art Institute

After our morning in Graceland Cemetery, Kat and I had our last adventure of my Chicago visit. We got lunch and ate in the grass at Millennium Park, where there was a crowd of fellow loungers and visitors. The park has some cool, very sleek and modern icons, like the above Pritzker Pavilion.

Of course, its most famous landmark is the Cloud Gate, better known as “The Bean.” The huge silver gleaming sculpture reflects everything around it sharply and slightly distorted. It was a little swarmed, but definitely worth seeing.

We then stepped inside the amazing Art Institute of Chicago. The museum is best known for its incredible Impressionism collection, but we entered via the modern wing and it was just as stunning. The wing opened in 2009 and was designed by Renzo Piano.

Here is a glimpse of one of the gorgeous rooms of the original building. I loved how much natural lighting was in the space. (The lighting at the Field Museum was just awful, so this was refreshing.) Everything about it was perfect. I even liked the dainty security ropes.

Alas, the time came for me to fly back to New York! I still think it’s crazy how much we managed to do in just a long Fourth of July weekend. Thanks to Kat for being an intrepid and enthusiastic host and urban explorer with me!

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