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Loop Tour: Sites I, J, K
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Site I
Walk east on Madison to Michigan Avenue and then south to Adams Street. The Art Institute of Chicago stands at the head of Adams Street. The original building was designed by architects Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, opened in 1892 and is French Renaissance style.

Before 1892, the Art Institute occupied a building at the southwest corner of Van Buren and Michigan.This institution has played an important role of the cultural life of Chicago for over one hundred years marks the center of the Michigan Avenue Cultural District. The museum's holdings are among the finest in the world. The School of the Art Institute is a world-renowned institution.

The photographs to the right show the Art Institute in 1985.

Site J
Proceed south on Michigan Avenue. At 220 South Michigan stands the Theodore Thomas Orchestra. The building is owned by the Orchestral Association houses the Chicago Symphony Orchestra founded Theodore Thomas in 1898. D.H. Burnham and Company designed the hall which was dedicated late in 1904 Harry Weese planned the 1969 restoration. The symphony orchestra moved here in 1905 from its first headquarters in the Auditorium Building at the south end of the Michigan Avenue district.

Site K. South of Orchestra Hall, at the northwest corner of Jackson and Michigan, stands another Burnham-designed structure, the seventeen-story terra-cotta clad Railway Exchange Building (1904) Santa Fe Company has recently renovated the structure and it promises to be an anchor for the revitalization South Michigan Avenue as an important office center The building features an impressive atrium and skylight.

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