SEP 2012

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52 EW AAO PREVIEW September 2012 November 10-13, 2012 Chicago attractions A F fter the Great Chicago Fire brought the city down in 1871, the na- tion's most prominent architects at the time built the city back up. The result is the modern Chicago of today with its towering high rises, intricate structures, and unique skyline. The following are notable sights to see around the city. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave. 312-443-3600 www.artic.edu/aic The Art Institute of Chicago was founded as both a museum and a school in 1879. Today the museum's collection encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world. One of the most popular areas of the museum is the Impressionist art section, which houses one of the world's largest collections of Claude Monet paintings. To avoid feeling overwhelmed by the museum's extensive showcase of art, consider taking one of four audio tours guided by MP3 technology. Chicago Culture Arts Center 78 E. Washington St. 312-744-6630 www.chicagoculturalcenter.org If you're looking to take in some of the best architecture Chicago has to offer, look no farther than the Culture Arts Center. Intricate and regal, the building was completed in 1897 and was once home to Chicago's central library. The architects spared no expense when constructing the building, using lux- urious and rare materials such as imported marble, polished brass, and colored stone. Most striking is the center's two elegant stained-glass domes, symmetrically placed on each side of the building. Another unique architectural design of note is the Randolph Street entrance and stairway, which uses pink and green marble in its design. The International Museum of Surgical Science 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive 312-642-6502 www.imss.org Located in an early 20th-century mansion near Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, the original building was intended to model the Le Petit Trianon, French chateau in Versailles, and it shows. Although the mansion was converted into a museum in the 1950s, much of the original interior—such as Italian marble and cut stone, decorative plaster, and marble fireplaces— remain. The museum's four floors are dedicated to the art of surgical science, featuring exhibits on broken bones, medical imaging, nursing, and medically themed art galleries, just to name a few. Lincoln Park Conservatory 2391 N Stockton Dr. 312-742-7736 www.chicagoparkdistrict.com The Lincoln Park Conservatory is a three-acre indoor botanical garden in the heart of Chicago, right off the shore of Lake Michigan. It features greenhouses divided into four self- explanatory areas: the Palm House, the Fernery, the Orchid House, and the Show House. Although the con- servatory has mostly static displays, it also showcases seasonal exhibits. Check the website for a listing of special events. The Magnificent Mile www.themagnificentmile.com Known for its retail prowess, bold ar- chitecture, and restaurant selection, the Magnificent Mile is the name given to the mile-long stretch along Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street. In addition to its selection of upscale retailers such as Prada, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, and Salvatore Ferragamo, the Magnifi- cent Mile is home to four of the 85 Chicago tours rom Chicago's signature cuisine to the city's rich, yet violent history, there is so much to see and do in the Windy City that it might seem a little overwhelming to visitors. Taking a professional tour is an excellent way to get to know Chicago in a short amount of time. Below is a list of tours available broken down by topic. Food tours Chicago Chocolate Tours 333 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 932 312-929-2939 www.chicagochocolatetours.com For foodies with a serious sweet tooth, the Chicago Chocolate Tour is an excellent choice. You'll sample truffles, cupcakes, and other sweets and hear about the history of Chicago chocolate-making. Chicago Food Planet Food Tours 830 N. Michigan Ave. 800-979-3370 www.chicagofoodplanet.com If you're hungry to experience all of the Chicago-centric cuisine the city has to offer, consider taking a Chicago Food Tour. Two tours are offered: one features the Gold Coast, Old Town, and Lincoln Park continued on page 54

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