Whether it be in a coffee shop or on the sidewalk, great art and design can be found virtually everywhere in Chicago. But with busy schedules and cluttered minds, it can be hard to get your daily dose of art. Chrome City Intern, Maddie, has made it her #fridayfavorite mission to track down some of Chicago’s most epic installations for those of us who want to locate some beauty during these bleak winter months (without the stuffy museum guards).
Scone City (1632 W Division St.)
This Wicker Park bakeshop and espresso bar offers patrons artisanal English pastries--but that’s not what makes it a #fridayfavorite. The plush seating, distressed oak espresso bar, and graphic art that dots the walls makes Scone City an edgy yet lovable choice for a relaxing afternoon. The space was designed by Chicago creative firm 555 International, who also created Morgan’s On Fulton--a stunning event space in the West Loop that is a Chrome City favorite.
Adler Planetarium (1300 S Lake Shore Drive)
Chicago’s famous planetarium is currently exhibiting a sculptural installation from an outspoken political artist, Ai Wei Wei, who is most known for his outward criticism of the Chinese government. “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” consists of 12 bronze sculptures which contrast Lake Michigan and the city skyline. Although this is an outdoor installation, it’s worth the trip to the planetarium and will only be installed through April 16th.
Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N Central Park Ave)
The Conservatory has installed a light bending, sculptural series called, “Solarise: A Sea of All Colors,” which emphasizes human interaction with nature. Thought provoking and sensory stimulating, this installation breathes new life into the Garfield Conservatory natural oasis. In mid-winter, this makes the perfect getaway.
Fulton Market Kitchen (311 N Sangamon St)
This restaurant and cocktail bar serves the purpose of connecting creatives in Chicago. Therefore, it was designed by one of the best--Daniel Alonso. A bar made out of suitcases, ethereal murals, and mismatched furniture curated to create an inspiring atmosphere for anyone hoping to talk art while functioning in it.