The Art Institute of Chicago is at the heart of the city: a block from Lake Michigan, bordered by Millennium Park on the north and Grant Park on the east. In October, tens of thousands of runners start the Chicago Marathon on the corner of Columbus and Monroe. And at the end of June, tens of thousands of people occupy the same blocks of Columbus. Well, it’s actually closer to 3.5 million people. These summer throngs are doing the opposite of marathon running. They’re eating. A lot of food. At the city’s annual Taste of Chicago street festival.
Here at the Art Institute we watch the crowds stream by the Modern Wing on their way to the Taste. And as a public service, we want to remind Chicagoans that we can offer some respite for when the streets get too crowded and the temperatures too high.
1. Air conditioning. The Art Institute is fully climate controlled.
2. Alternative culinary arrangements. Visit Terzo Piano on the Modern Wing’s third floor for some chocolate semi-freddo. It’s cool and light and chocolate-y. Or visit our new North Garden Bistro and eat a sandwich in our leafy, shady, beautiful North Garden.
3. Truly low-calorie options. Too hot to eat? Take in your food visually by visiting with Francis Bacon’s Figure with Meat (see above) or John F. Francis’s slightly more tasty looking Wine, Cheese, and Fruit. But note the glass of water in the latter painting. Even in 1857 they knew it was important to stay hydrated!