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Chicago Cultural Center

The interior of the Chicago Cultural Center is stunning and well worth a visitThe Chicago Cultural Center  (78 E. Washington Street) is not to be missed. It is a Chicago Landmark and an architectural treasure. It was built in 1897 as Chicago’s main public library, and continued as the library until 1991. Today it hosts art exhibits, concerts and community events, and is the site of the Chicago Visitor’s Center.

A visit to the Cultural Center will not only provide useful touring information and free entertainment, it will also give you a rare view of one of Chicago’s most elaborately decorated public buildings. The Community Center’s sumptuous Washington Street lobby and grand staircase is covered in white Carrara marble inlaid with mosaics of Tiffany Favrile glass, colored stone and mother-of-pearl. Roman arches line the top of the grand staircase, which leads up to Preston Bradley Hall and a Tiffany glass domed ceiling created in a fish-scale design.

The Randolph Street side of the building is less opulently appointed, but still quite grand. This side of the building gives tribute to the Civil War and the Grand Army of the Republic. The walls and grand staircase here are made of green Connemara marble from Ireland, topped by a hand-carved coffered ceiling. This staircase leads to another elaborate glass-dome in a floral motif.

State Street

State Street, Chicago’s original central shopping district, has changed some over the years. In its heyday, it was home to such retail giants as Marshall Field, Carson Pirie Scott and Montgomery Ward. Today, in their place you will find Filene’s Basement, Old Navy, and Urban Outfitters.

However, one grand old department store still remains in operation and is worth seeing – Macy’s on State (The original Marshall Field & Co.)  This stately building remains one of the largest department stores in the world and is listed on the National register of Historic Places.

Wrigley Field – Home of the Chicago Cubs

Watching a Cub's game on a sunny day at Wrigley is a great way to spend the dayWrigley Field, built in 1916, is the second oldest Major League Baseball Park still operating in the United States (after Boston’s Fenway Stadium built in 1912). It has been home to the Chicago Cubs since 1916.

Wrigley Field has witnessed many historic baseball events during its lifetime, including Babe Ruth’s “called shot” 1932 World Series home run into the bleachers; Ernie Bank’s 500th career homerun; Pete Rose’s 4,191st career hit; and  "Slammin" Sammy Sosa’s years of home runs. Wrigley Field has hosted All Star games in 1947, 1962 and 1990.

Even with all that history, there’s one thing missing – the stadium has never witnessed the Cubs win a World Series. But, as Chicago Cub fans are fond of saying, “Wait until next year.”

In addition to tickets to see the “Cubbies” play, tours of Wrigley Field are also available at http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/

Calder's Flamingo

Calder's unique scupture known as the FlamingoLocated in the Federal Plaza, 440 E. Grand Avenue, is one of Alexander Calder's unique sculptures, known as the Flamingo.  However, this is a nearly fifty-ton sculpture, constructed of iron and coated in a unique red color.  If you are a fan of Calder, this is a must-see.  If not, it is a scene that you may remember from several movies, including "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

If you are interested in outdoor sculptures, you might want to see  the one by Picasso  (untitled) that is in the Daley Plaza at the Daley Center at Washington and Dearborn.  Perhaps you remember this as the location where Jake and Elwood crash their car through a window in the "Blues Brothers" movie As Jake said of Daley Plaza "That's where they got that Picasso."

 

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