winter in Chicago pt. 1

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Tiffany Dome hidding above your head

If you happen to walk through Macy’s (Marshall Field’s) on State Street in downtown Chicago, look up and see a beautiful Tiffany mosaic hiding in plain sight on the ceiling. Very few people ever notice it.  This is reported to be the world’s largest Tiffany mosaic.  This store is a sentimental favorite for Chicagoans. It’s also included on my smaller walking tours.

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Tiffany Dome

The last stop on Chicago Red Cap Walking Tour’s Historic Building’s tour is under this beautiful Tiffany dome inside a Beaux Arts building finished in 1897 that was Chicago’s former main library and now is a cultural center. The former library is at Michigan and Washington and is generally open 7 days a week. Free art exhibits, concerts, plays and lectures add to Chicago’s cultural life.

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chicago school architecture- the marquette building

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marquette building

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marquette building lobby

 The Marquette building ( finished 1895) by Holabird and Roche is a great example of the  Chicago School of architecture. Here, architects were creating a unique style of American architecture, revealing  in the buildings exterior, the new engineering technique of supporting a buildings total weight by an interior steel skeleton.  Lobby photo by Chicago Red Cap Tour guest E. Renner.

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Chicago post-modern architecture

The beautiful lobby inside the 190 s. lasalle buiding designed by Philip Johnson. Comfortable chairs 

190 S. lasalle

allow you to savor the gold leaf on the cathedral like ceiling, the Moorish accents, and deep red alicante marble pillars inspired by the Rookery building across the street. Photo by tour guest, E. Renner.

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“architecture is frozen music” -Goethe

 

 

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look up. Artists at work

As you head north on Michigan Ave. gaze up at this building. You will see some unexpected  exotic decoration. This is 505 N. Michigan, the InterContinental Chicago hotel, formerly the Medinah Athletic Club. Johnny Weismuller used to practice in the pool on the 14th floor. The reliefs carved into the limestone facade add to the mid-eastern style of the building.

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