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