Millennium Park & Sculptures in Chicago, IL.

I am an art fan and could not imagine visiting Chicago without seeing some of the amazing sculptures that the city possesses. We took our time and enjoyed the sculptures near and in Millennium Park. We began with the “Untitled Sounding Sculpture” by: Harry Bertoia (1975). It is on East Randolph Drive. It is an amazing little park like area they have here. When crossing Randolph on my way to explore Millennium Park I lost my shoe at the crosswalk!! This is just one of those things that tends to happen to me, lol. I was wearing very basic flats and pushing the stroller. When the crosswalk changed half way through we picked up the pace. That’s when my shoe decided to go flying. It was OK. I picked it up and put it back on when I got to the sidewalk on the other side. Nothing wrong with a little Chicago barefoot, right?

I still cannot believe I got this shot! I actually took that! I was super proud 🙂

Millennium Park is a must see when visiting Chicago. It houses “Cloud Gate” by: Anish Kapoor (2004). This bean shaped sculpture is one of Chicago’s best known works. It is astounding and other worldly. You cannot come to Chicago and not see it. It is a rare treat to find a work of art that you are not only allowed  to touch but begs to be.

The park also features the BP Bridge, The Crown Fountain, The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and The Lurie Garden. Also do not forget to take the sky walk across to get great photos from the glass encased balcony. This is such an incredible park that you could easily spend a relaxing afternoon taking in all it has to offer.

 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

After the park we went to see “Large Interior Form” by: Henry Moore. It is in another small park like area. The city is littered with green spaces that house various arts. They are like a small oasis amid the buildings and people. This was a beautiful piece. There are other sculptures in this square. It is a relaxing experience. There were art students napping on benches with their books. This is a must to see the city through an artist eyes.

Large Interior Form By Henry Moore

Next, We walked to the corner of the block to see “The Fountain of the Great Lakes” by: Lorado Taft. This is a large detailed fountain with a big square water area in front of it. The surrounding grounds are set up in a grid formation. It is a nice place to hang out for a few minutes and take a breather. The fountain is circa 1913. It is like looking at a piece of history. Spend a few more minutes in this area and see “Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic” by: Isamu Noguchi (1976). It is on the opposite side of the block. Go East on Jackson and then North on Columbus.

The Fountain of the Great Lakes by: Lorado Taft (1913)

The Details:

Cost: 100% FREE!!

Location: Downtown Chicago in The Loop

Happy Travels!!!

Contemporary Photography Museum- Chicago, IL

This museum is in downtown Chicago and convenient to Millennium Park. It is free to visit and there were some wonderful photographes on display. I do not have any photos of the place because photographing photographes is just wrong! The museum is small. It only takes an hour or less to walk through and check everything out. Fun for the adults and older kids. You will have to carry the little ones up the few flights of stairs. The man at the desk said we could leave our stroller there. If you are an art junkie like me than it’s totally worth the stop!

I only had two issues with this place. The first is that you must look strickly for the address because there is no sign. It is inside a basic, brick building. My other was the door to the actual museum. It is heavy and hard to open. I gave it a good yank, right as somebody opened the outside door. It came flying and crushed my hand! So if you visit please be careful!

See where it crushed my pinkie knuckle? It was quite a bruise!

 

The Details

Location: 600 S. MICHIGAN AVE : CHICAGO, IL 60605  

Cost: Free

Cheesecake Factory – Chicago, IL

The Cheesecake Factory is the place for cheesecake, of course. But they have quite an extensive menu. We stopped in for a quick, easy lunch. In this downtown Chicago location it was easier to get a seat upstairs. It’s a limited menu of their top sellers but you can normally get your butt in a seat even when there is a long line downstairs. I hate waiting when I could be eating. The restaurant is well lite and beautifully decorated. The ceiling in the upstairs is something to see. I was very impressed with the bathroom. Instead of stalls, they have individual little bathrooms with a center waiting area with large mirrors. This is great when you have to have children with you in the bathroom. Those stalls can get very tight.

They automatically bring delicious bread and butter to the table. It’s complementary and great for the budget conscious. I suggest ordering a couple of appetizers or entrees to split for lunch. We do this quite often. It can be great for the budget and your waistline. The meals and appetizers in many restaurants are huge. We did two appetizers on our visit. The nachos were great! The avocado egg rolls were horrible! Avoid those! The cheesecake was wonderful! I got Hersey’s Cheesecake.

 

 

The Details

Location: 875 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611

Cost For a Family of 4: Bread and butter-Free, Nachos $9.95, Pick another appetizer for around $10, Split 2 pieces of cheesecake for $7-$8 each (They are HUGE!), Drinks here are expensive ($3 for a soft drink!) so I suggest ice water. Total with tip is around $42 if you skip the drinks!

Website: http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/