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Millennium Park: History of a Chicago Favorite

Every summer marks another anniversary for Chicago destination Millennium Park, which opened in July 2004. Planning, fundraising and construction of the park began as early as 1996, when organizers started to investigate who owned the park site. Today, features of the park are some of Chicago's most recognized landmarks. Special Collections holds two archival collections that…
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Happy 50th to the Chicago Picasso!

In the early 1960s, the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was working on designs for Daley Plaza. Architect William Hartmann helped convince Spanish artist Pablo Picasso to design a sculpture for the space. Picasso would not accept payment, making this artwork a gift to the people of Chicago. Constructed from the same Cor-Ten steel used in…
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The Bean, AKA Cloud Gate

Summer in Chicago means thousands of tourists flocking to Millennium Park to see Anish Kapoor's acclaimed sculpture Cloud Gate, more popularly known as “The Bean”. Love it or hate it, Chicagoans have come to recognize that Cloud Gate is a major draw for our city. Aside from the fact that it is shiny and you…
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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Even though we've had our hats, scarves, gloves and coats out for a while, the first day of winter is finally here!  Winter officially begins on December 21, a day that is called the Winter Solstice because it has the shortest amount of daylight. Here in Chicago, winters can be extremely cold, but that doesn't…
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Surrealists and Selfies

If you're in downtown Chicago, you should visit Cloud Gate, nicknamed "The Bean." It's a sculpture in Millennium Park by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. Its shiny surface reflects and distorts the city's skyline, making it a popular attraction. Walk around and under it, and see how your body becomes warped and distorted against the background of the sky. Get creative…
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O Christmas Tree!

I love Christmas! It’s my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it: the lights, the toys, the gingerbread houses, Santa Claus. But nothing says Christmas like the Christmas tree.  In my house we make a big production around erecting good ole Tannenbaum. It’s a time filled with music, laughter, hot chocolate, popcorn…
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