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Standing Guard

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There is an admission charge to enter the Art Institute of Chicago, but some exhibits can be viewed for free, including the massive lions that stand guard  at the main entrance off Michigan Avenue.

The twin lions that stand on pedestals are as old as the museum itself, having been placed there in 1894

The Art Institute was established at its current site at the conclusion of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

The lions were sculpted by Edward Kemeys, who the Art Institute describes as a self-taught artist and “the nation’s first great animalier (sculptor of animals).”

The lions were unveiled on May 10, 1894, and have been viewed countless times by numerous generations of Chicago residents and visitors.

The sculptures weigh more than two tons apiece.

The Art Institute said Kemeys modeled them after African lions. The north lion is depicted as “on the prowl” while the south lion displays “an attitude of defiance.”

In the images above, the south lion is shown on top while the north lion is below.


Street Level View

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The Main Avenue Viaduct in Cleveland carries Ohio Route 2 and the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway over the Cuyahoga River and the Flats.

It is a cantilever truss bridge that was built in 1939 and at 8,000 feet was the longest elevated structure in Ohio until the 2007 completion of the Veterans Glass City Skyway in Toledo.

This view of the Main Avenue Viaduct was made from street level on the west bank of the Flats.

The next time you cross it, you might not want to think about how in 2013 the Federal Highway Administration said the bridge is “structurally deficient” and “fracture critical.”

I presume that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is unsafe, only in need of some repairs.

Love to Eat Here

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The Berghoff in Chicago is one of my favorite places to eat. I usually order the same thing, wiener schnitzel. It is, after all, a German restaurant.

It changed operations back in February 2006 when the restaurant closed. A basement cafe reopened two months later and a year later the full-service restaurant reopened. The menu is not quite the same as the original Berghoff, although many original offerings are still available.

But the interior hasn’t changed from what I can tell. Nor has the sign outside on Adams changed. Some things you just don’t want to change.

Written by csanders429

April 30, 2018 at 10:11 am

Lunch by the Ice

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This image made on the shore of Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago presents some contrasts. It is a nice spring day as is evident by the clothing being worn by this couple sitting on the sidewalk along the lake.

It is nice enough that she is barefoot while eating lunch. Yet he is not eating at all.

Behind them the water of the lake is still frozen. But not for long. When I passed through Chicago a few days later the ice had all but vanished.

An Ice Cream Day

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It was a nice spring day although not really too warm as you can see by the attire that these people are wearing. Yet there was just enough sunshine and the temperatures were just warm enough and the winter having been long enough that some wanted to go out for ice cream. The line has formed at the window for Jeni’s Spendid Ice Creams in German Village in Columbus, Ohio.

Walking in Springtime

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I usually make a visit to Columbus, Ohio, in mid April and when I’m there I make it a point to walk about German Village. Usually the trees are flowering and the tulips and other flowers are blooming. Spring comes a little earlier to Columbus than it does to Cleveland so it’s a nice reminder that yes, spring is coming.

Not In Farming Territory, But Important to Farmers

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I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I lived in a town in east central Illinois that was surrounded by agriculture territory.

The local radio stations around noon would broadcast the latest commodity prices from the Chicago Board of Trade that affected farmers.

The CBOT is located in downtown Chicago far from any farm field or animal feed lot.

Traders going to work there see an urban canyon, not the pastoral countryside often associated with farming.

Likewise, I imagine that many farmers have never been to, let alone seen in person, the CBOT building, which soars 605 feet skyward at 141 West Jackson Boulevard at the foot of La Salle Street.

Between 1930 and 1965 it was Chicago’s tallest building and still among its most distinct.

I imagine that over the years many decisions were made in this building that affected the welfare of many farmers even if they have never been here.