Today, the lions standing guard outside the Art Institute of Chicago joined the Chicago Cubs World Series fever by donning their Cubs caps. At noon, when I walked over to take this photo, crowds were gathered taking photos of both lions from various angles. Some visitors were posing in front of the statues while others (like me) were content to give the lions all the attention. Behind the lion, you can also see that the Art Institute is also flying a large W flag in its center window.
Not to be left out, Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, located across Michigan Avenue from the Art Institute, shared in the celebrating the Cubs with a large banner covering the window directly above its main entrance. The banner features a depiction of a portion of the ivy covered outfield wall at Wrigley Field. As I reported in my last post, the CSO joined in Cubs fever by performing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” with a full orchestra under the direction of maestro Ricardo Muti.
Both of these institutions have been around for well over a century, so they were able to see the last World Series pennant won by the Cubs and have waited with the rest of us for more than one hundred years to see another.