Anyone thinking of going to the Art Institute this week while it is free admission through May 22nd - PLEASE think again!
I made the mistake of going today - I thought I'd check out the new Modern Wing, seeing as how Chicago Taxpayers have been fleeced how many billions of dollars and waited 10 years for its construction. I wish I would have just stayed home and used my vacation day to plant more flowers in my garden.
The crowds were horrible. And the hundreds of "security" guards who just stood around and looked bored didn't give any control as to seeing people went in one door to each individual gallery and out the other. And, why didn't they just have all the gallery doors propped open? They knew thousands of people with their huge strollers would be schlepping around. I used to love this City but lately the unwashed masses are annoying me on a grand scale. I really need to use my days off to stay in and try to get some peace and quiet.
I wish I had not bothered - free or not. And, if I would have paid a $18 or $16 admission fee, I would have been livid. My friend PJ was even more disgusted than I was. Some of the paintings that pass for art a dog could have painted if I dipped her paws in paint and set her on a big canvas. One sculpture looked like someone puked out their birthday cake!
The one cool thing was going up to the 3rd floor to get to the big steel bridge that goes over the street and takes you to Millenium Park - and out of there!
Please be warned if you go, get there VERY EARLY and be prepared for hoards of peasants walking into you and running you over with their strollers. Also bring lots of cash, because a tiny bottle of water is $3.00. Nice to know yet another project from da mayor shortshanks is a piece of crap. If we get the olympics here, I'm moving!