Monday, April 23, 2018

Church History Tour: Willis Tower Skydeck & Art Institute

Our next day in Chicago began at the Willis Tower with a visit to the Skydeck. The Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and has the most amazing views of Chicago.

All the boys were extremely brave and stood out on The Ledge. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck!

I was so excited to see a Mold-A-Rama in the gift shop! There was one of these at the zoo in SLC and it was always so exciting when I could get one of the plastic animals molded in front of my eyes as a kid. The boys could not understand why I was so excited about this machine,  so I showed them what it was all about by getting a small, plastic model of the Willis Tower. The warm smell of melting plastic was so nostalgic and brought back so many happy memories. Anyone who also loved Mold-A-Ramas as a kid will know what I'm talking about.

Our next stop was at the Art Institute of Chicago. Karin did an amazing job prepping the boys about the works of art they would be seeing here by doing all sorts of activities at home before our trip. She had asked me to create a scavenger hunt of some of the most well known works of art here to add a little excitement to our trip to the museum. I had so much fun putting it together! It was so hard to not make it 10 pages long because there are so many works of art in this museum!

America Windows
Marc Chagall

Lotus Lilies
Charles Courtney Curran

The Commode 
Walter Gay

The Annunciation
George Hitchcock

Dragonfly Lamp
Louis Comfort Tiffany

The Child's Bath
Mary Cassatt

I love Mary Cassatt's paintings, they are so sweet and tender. I also love her use of patterns which were greatly inspired by Japanese woodblock prints

Mrs. George Swinton (Elizabeth Ebsworth)
John Singer Sargent

The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy
John Singer Sargent 

Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Whistler's Mother)
James Abbott McNeill Whistler 

Edward Hopper

Greyed Rainbow
Jackson Pollock

Lozenge Composition with Yellow, Black, Blue, Red, and Grey
Piet Mondrian

The Red Armchair 
Pablo Picasso

The Basket of Apples
Paul Cezanne 

Stacks of Wheat Series
Claude Monet

Water Lilly Pond
Claude Monet

At the Moulin Rouge 
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

The Bedroom
Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte
Georges Seurat 

Saint George and The Dragon
Bernat Martorell

We spent a long time in the Medieval armory, the displays in there are amazing.

Arthor Rubloff Collection of Paperweights 

Our last stop was the famed Thorne Miniature Rooms!

"The 68 Thorne Miniature Rooms enable one to glimpse elements of European interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s and American furnishings from the 17th century to the 1930s. Painstakingly constructed on a scale of one inch to one foot, these fascinating models were conceived by Mrs. James Ward Thorne of Chicago and constructed between 1932 and 1940 by master craftsmen according to her specifications."

I was excited to see this interior mixed in among the different rooms. This is a miniature of Andrew Jackson's entrance hall in his home in Tennessee. I had just visited the life size version of this entrance hall a few months prior!

After our long day at the museum I needed a blood sugar boost! These colorful macarons did the trick!

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