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Chicago Cultural Center

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 16 February 2015 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The Chicago Cultural Center is a Chicago landmark building that houses the city's official reception venue where the Mayor has welcomed Presidents and royalty, diplomats and community leaders. The building is a testament to the foresight of Chicago's turn of the (20th) century cultural leadership. Originally the central library building, it was converted to an arts and culture center at the instigation of Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Lois Weisberg. This is also where the Tiffany dome and chandelier seen the last two days are showcased.

As the nation's first free municipal cultural center, the Chicago Cultural Center is one of the city's most popular attractions and is considered one of the most comprehensive arts showcases in the United States. Each year, the Chicago Cultural Center features more than 1,000 programs and exhibitions covering a wide range of the performing, visual and literary arts.
According to Crain's Chicago Business, the Chicago Cultural Center was the fifth most-visited cultural institution in the Chicago area in 2007, with 821,000 visitors.

The building was designed by Boston architectural firm Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge for the city's central library and Grand Army of the Republic Museum, and completed in 1897 at a cost of nearly $2 million. It is organized as a 4-story north wing and a 5-story south wing, 104 feet tall, with 3-foot thick masonry walls faced with Bedford bluestone on a granite base, and designed in a generally neoclassical style with Romanesque revival elements.

Photo captured July 24, 2009.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/100 second F/10.0 ISO 100 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This becomes such a revealing choice of presentation - it works !

16 Feb 2015 7:15am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Superb treatment.:-)

16 Feb 2015 10:53am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful angle, composition, graphics & treatment!
A M A Z I N G !!!

16 Feb 2015 4:21pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Exceptional treatment

16 Feb 2015 4:27pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Creative and wonderful! It reminds me of the drawings in ink! Best, Adela

16 Feb 2015 4:47pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

A wonderful drawing! Great work with the processing.

16 Feb 2015 5:36pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Wow this procedure works so well here, even with the modern buildings,
beautiful architecture shot, would love to see this with a really old setting
Amazing accomplishment 5 *!~

16 Feb 2015 5:59pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Traitement dessin .... magnifique.)

16 Feb 2015 6:28pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I really like this processing, Steven ... well done!

17 Feb 2015 12:35am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I like this colored pencil effect. Beautiful image.

17 Feb 2015 1:14am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a magnificent building! I love the pencil drawing effect. Very interesting information. This building is really put to good use.

17 Feb 2015 2:14am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is very cool. I like those little blips of colour.

17 Feb 2015 4:10am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Man, I've got to download this software - I love these pencil drawing renditions.

17 Feb 2015 4:21am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


17 Feb 2015 8:25am

Julie L. Brown, Photobirder from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Very interesting processing.

18 Feb 2015 12:09pm