Completed in 1893 for the World's Columbian Exposition, the Art Institute of Chicago was designed by architects from the firm of Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge. Built on the lakefront and separated from the midway it was primarily used as a meeting space for dignitaries and muckity-mucks staying in the loop. However, it was always intended to be used as a museum once the fair ended.
You know what? A is also for Arlee Bird the founder of the A to Z Challenge! Thank you, Arlee, for this brilliant idea. Can't wait to participate all month long.