AIC iconic lions are heading home: Here’s the skinny

AIC iconic lions are heading home: Here’s the skinny
They are back – – or at least they’re almost back, They are on their way.

Chicago’s favorite felines, the iconic Art Institute lions, were removed from their watch on the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago about a month ago for a massive cleanup. After all you can get pretty dirty out there on Michigan Avenue day after day–
year after year. The lions have been part of the fabric of the city since 1891 and only removed one other time.
that’s a lot of dirt.
Word is they had a blast and are now looking greener than ever.

If you want to greet them tomorrow at their reinstallation plan on being as close as you can get to the front steps of the Michigan Avenue entrance of the Art Institute by noon (or even a little earlier) tomorrow. Otherwise you can avoid the crowd and wait a couple of hours and they will still be there–if not forever–certainly for a long long time.

Here’s the skinny
Tomorrow, the Art Institute’s beloved lions will be reinstalled on the front steps of the museum’s Michigan Avenue entrance after conservation treatment from our longtime conservation partners at CSOS. After a deep cleaning and the application of a fresh coating of wax the lions are cleaner and greener than ever. 

Both lions will be moved back to their plinths by a crane from a flatbed truck on the morning of July 19.

WHEN:         Tuesday, July 19 Reinstallation is scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm      
                      Just north of the front steps, Michigan Avenue entrance   

Image: 2022 cleaning of Art Institute lion at CSOS Inc.


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