On the morning of February 4th in Chicago, the weather was perfectly clear and very cold–with a wind chill approaching 30 degrees below zero; the coldest day in Chicago in over a year. It was on this Sunday morning that I went with my wife, Maureen, as we took pictures of the symbols of Chicago and the Bears.

This photo was taken from East Solidarity Drive just east of the Adler Planetarium. The sky was beatiful but the temperature was brutally cold.

The Bean at Millennium Park offer some of the City’s most striking views. This picture was taken from Michigan Avenue looking east and shows the reflection of the Cultural Center, the intersection of Randolph and Michigan and east to the Aon Building.

 

“The Bowman and the Spearman” are two bronze equestrian sculptures standing as gatekeepers at the intersection of Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue. Installed in 1928, the horseman have blankets with the Chicago Bears logos.

The lions outside of the Art Institute of Chicago have been welcoming visitors to this world class museum since its opening in 1893. The lion to the north is formally known as “Stands in An Attitude of Defiance,” and the lion to the north is “On the Prowl.”

In 1986 for the Bears first Super Bowl appearance and again in 2005 for the White Sox World Series victory, the lions have been adorned with team garb. Today, it was great to see the lions wearing their Chicago Bears helmets.

The Chicago Picasso, dedicated in 1967, was the first major outdoor public art in Chicago. Located in the Daley Center Plaza across from City Hall, the Picasso has the been the backdrop for many of Chicago’s most famous events from the Bears 1986 victory parade to the filming of the conclusion of the Blues Brothers. Today the Chicago Picasso is well dressed with
his Chicago Bear hat.

The Brachiosauras outside the Field Museum is outfitted with a #54 jersey–that of Bears line backer, Brian Urlacher.