A couple of weeks ago, a friend posted on Facebook a picture of a Leaning Tower of Pisa replica here in Chicago. This got our family thinking of all of the unique places and sculptures around our city that we have not slowed down to enjoy because of lack of time or abundance of traffic. We decided that we want to take a drive soon and visit (or just slowly drive by) some of these locations. Here are a couple of the local art work and sights that we'll be visiting soon (socially distanced, of course). ~ Kara Hackert
THE LEARNING TOWER OF NILES
A half-size replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, located just north in Niles, IL.
Located in Lincoln Park, the park features statues fashioned after the characters in The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy and Toto, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow.
ALEXANDER CALDER'S FLAMINGO
The iconic orange sculpture located in the Federal Plaza by the American artist.
An untitled Picasso sculpture located at the Daley Center. What do you think it looks like? (There is also a Miro sculpture tucked between two buildings across the street. You can ask the same question. She is entitled The Sun, The Moon, and One Star, Nicknames Miss Chicago).
MARC CHAGALL'S FOUR SEASONS
A 4,000 square foot mosaic mural located in the Chase Tower plaza.
HOME ALONE HOUSE
The house from the classic movie, Home Alone, is nestled in a beautiful neighborhood in Winnetka. If you've enjoyed watching the movie over the years, drive to see the house (and the church around the corner) where it all took place. While you're at it, swing by the Leaning Tower of Pisa replica located in Niles! ~ Kyle Groters
Pretty much every holiday at the DeMey house involves a walk beside some body of water. I love camping over Memorial Day and having an early season swim in Lake Michigan, but this year that won't be a possibility. Thank God for Salt Creek (as long it doesn't flood!). I'm planning on a nice long holiday walk with my family along the banks of our local river - and - if the water levels subside, a quick trip in a kayak. Last year I made friends with a little turtle. You never know what wildlife will emerge along the banks of the river. -~ Pastor Gregg
CHAPEL HILL GARDENS
Looking for something to do over the Memorial Day weekend? Why not visit a cemetery? We like to visit cemeteries, not only to remember our loved ones who are buried there but also to look for names of other people we've known over the years. Former church members, neighbors, friends, parents of our friends (people who helped raise us...), people who sacrificed and built the institutions we grew up in (churches, schools), and people who served and sacrificed for our freedoms. It can be sobering but also inspiring to see so many familiar names and to stir so many fond memories of people who have, often unknowingly, impacted our lives. ~ Doug & Beth Bardolph
There are so many interesting buildings, sculptures, parks anc cemeteries around Chicago – these are just a few! It will be so good to get out and see some new sites soon - all at a safe social safe distance, of course.