Chicago Skylines: Part 3, Art and Culture

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Time for the next part in the set! If you haven’t been following along, start off by checking out part one here, and then part two here. If you’re in the mood for some humour, @joseph also made a parody of my photos¬†here!

Part 3 will distract a little bit away from me ogling skyscrapers all day long, and instead get a bit artsy, wandering around Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. So, let’s get started!

 


Cloud Gate


Formally known as the Cloud Gate, this reflective sculpture is known to all as “The Bean”. The coolest thing I find about it is that it is completely uniform, without seams, and is a hyperbolic structure — okay, a little mathy, but it’s cool! Taking a picture from the right angle can lead to some crazy infinite-mirror results.

For bonus points (and an upvote), can you figure out which person in the reflections is me?


Jay Pritzker Pavilion


This oddly-shaped amphitheatre in the north end of Millennium park serves as a place for performance, as well as an eye catching work of art. In fact, to get around height restrictions for buildings, the pavilion is technically a work of art, not a building. Loophole!


Art Institute Train


Walking past the Art Institute of Chicago, which is right beside Millennium park, I nabbed this photo of the “L” train station here — which goes right through the institute. I quite like the style of the trains in Chicago: it seems to match well the metallic infrastructure and massive skyscrapers for a steampunk-y feel.


Cultural Center


Lastly, I peeked inside the Chicago Cultural Center, which is right across from the park and amphitheatre (which you can see in the last shot). The place had free access, and hosted a few exhibits — but nothing too interesting to me while I was there. The building itself however is pretty cool: being a landmark and hosting a ton of exhibits year round, and originally being a library.

That’s it for today! Stay tuned for Part 4.