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Chicago Art & Architecture You Need to See Before Heading Back Home


Unless you spent your entire time inside your admittedly awesome Arc at Old Colony apartment, it’s impossible to pass Willis Tower or Cloud Gate (AKA The Bean) without noticing the iconic, eye-popping architecture. With graduation right around the corner, and many of our residents leaving us for the last time, your friends at Arc at Old Colony have compiled a list of local art and architecture you must see before you start your next big life adventure.  

Millennium Park

When it comes to art and architecture in the open air, Millenium Park could have a list all its own. Opening in 2004, the park consists of 24.5 acres of lush greenery, blooming flowers, and gorgeous architecture featuring a variety of public art, venues, and beautiful social spaces. However, the park's crowning jewel has to be the Millenium Monument at Wrigley Square. Located on the Northwest side, the square is a large lawn that regularly plays host to various cultural events. Meanwhile, the Millenium Monument itself is an awe-inspiring semi-circular row of Doric-style columns surrounding a reflection pool. Invoking thoughts of ancient Rome, the structure is actually a replica of a peristyle that stood in the same spot between 1917 and 1953. This is a must-add to your Chicago bucket list.  

Art Institute of Chicago

Considering that the Art Institute of Chicago is only five blocks from your front door, chances are you’ve passed those iconic lion statues on more than one occasion, but have you stepped inside? Founded in 1879, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest museums in the country and sees a wide array of international traveling exhibits walking through the door. And, if your parents ever showed you Ferris Bueller's Day Off, you have to stop by the painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, and give it a good, long stare

Wrigley Field

Yes, there are dozens of statues, art, and architecture in the Windy City that can be considered must-see. One of the largest, oldest, and most prestigious has to be one of Major League Baseballs' few remaining OG ballparks and home to the legendary Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field. Opening its doors in 1914, Wrigley boasts over a century's worth of memories and still features many of the same aesthetics that graced the ballpark all those years ago. You don't have to be a baseball fan to go take a tour of this testament to America's favorite pastime.  

The Arc at Old Colony’s South Loop location makes it easy to get to Wrigley Field, Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, and everywhere else in between. Take advantage of our premium location and go see what’s out there.


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