Places of Inspiration

February 4, 2010

Winter is a tough time of year…and the need to take a break and get away for awhile is important. I did that earlier in the week and went to, perhaps, one of my favorite places in Chicago…the Art Institute. Last year, the Modern Wing designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano, was added to the already amazing building. I have included a few shots from recent days and earlier last summer…an exterior shot of the Modern Wing looking southeast on Monroe Street…

An interior shot in the Modern Wing…

An interior shot of the entrance area of the Modern Wing facing north.  If you look closely into the distance, you can seen another Chicago gem, Millennium Park…

As you can tell, the Modern Wing offers visitors a bright place for visual stimulation. While I hope and think you’ll enjoy these pictures, they do not match the magic of visiting in person. If you happen to be in Chicago in the month of February, The Art Institute has free admission for the entire month.

First in a series of posts of places that inspire me…I will share more places from time to time.

1 Elaine Helle February 5, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Dear Tim,
When you get a chance hope you can explore the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry – YOU, The Experience exhibit. The exhibit has a Laugh Garden.
I think the Laugh Garden is interactive.
Maybe you can go with a group and create a video.
I am very curious about the Laugh Garden.
with a smile and a belly laugh,

2 Tim February 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Hi Elaine: Thank you so much for letting me know about this…I knew about the YOU exhibit, but did not hear about the Laugh Garden. That’s a great idea…getting some video. I hope to (soon) begin to add some of my own videos to this blog and the Laugh Garden is a great place to start! Thank you for stopping by to suggest this…I’m smiling just thinking about it. Have a great weekend!

3 Tim March 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Hi Alex: Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts…the Art Institute and its Modern Wing are really amazing. And now they serve coffee there from the best coffee joint in the area, Intelligentsia. Even though it’s in the middle of the city, going there really feels like a getaway.

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