Thanksgiving quiz – You’ve never been inside this building, but you will be. – What is it?

Its indoor “street,” with shops or galleries to each side reminds me of an Italian Galleria, such as

Vittorio Emanuele in Milano.

So yes, it is by an Italian.

Its main staircase says “elegance”

and it is the “son of”

staircase at the Arts Club, Chicago, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

So yes, this new building will grace, help transform, add greatly to, the Windy City. To help situate it for you, here’s a view of Millennium Park, from the third floor window of the new building,

in lovely autumnal colors.

Do you know where I was today, to take these photos?
In which major new cultural building, due to open
(with a splash) in May?

Details and more thoughts on this, more photos, exterior shots, plus- is the bridge to this any good? It’s got a tough act to follow! Answers after we pause for Thanksgiving. I’ll also write about the restoration work at Mies van der Rohe’s 860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments.

I have much for which to be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. And write me, if you can name the building above.

5 Responses to “Thanksgiving quiz – You’ve never been inside this building, but you will be. – What is it?”

  1. bravophilo Says:

    It’s the AIC’s new wing.

  2. Jeff Jacobs Says:

    Please Edward, it’s the The Modern Wing. What do I win?

    Did you get a sneak peak tour?

    Going to be a great place to visit. I’d love to work there. Right at the end of the South Shore train, nice commute, great environment and a great garden for having lunch right across the street!

  3. Jeff Jacobs Says:

    Wow, bravophilo snuck his post in while I was typing. I guess I don’t win anything.

  4. Edward Lifson Says:

    Dear Jeff,
    You win… um, let me think? A Monet or a Degas? (That’s a reference to a Monty Python skit.) Anyway, good work, to you and ‘bravophilo.’ Yes, I was inside, and I’ll tell you about it asap. I’m sure it would be a good place to you to work. The garden, by the way, will be designed by Kathryn Gustafson who designed much of the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. So this will tie the two together.
    All best regards Jeff, bravophilo, et al, -Edward

  5. Jeff Jacobs Says:

    I love Python, but I don’t know the Monet/Degas reference. I’m probably more of a ‘Ministry of Silly Walks’ kind of guy.

    The Lurie garden is really beautiful. I’m a sucker for contemporary garden design.

    Yep, I cannot wait to see the Modern Wing. It’s going to be spectacular.

    So, what do you think after a brief preview? Successful or not? Looks good from the outside and the views to the park will be great. Will it have an expanded architecture department? That tiny little gallery near the near the existing entrance just didn’t cut it. Bit too quaint.

    Our office actually designed the special exhibits room many, many years ago. I still see some of the casework around the museum. It’s now being used for a small retail area near the hallway in back toward the new wing. Time marches on!

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