Chicago (CBS) – It was a rollercoaster for the loop. The latest figures show that foot traffic in December was significantly higher than last year, but many areas still lag behind pre-pandemic numbers.
CBS 2 Morning Insider Tim McNicholas goes behind the scenes of a new plan to revitalize one region with art.
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This is where LaSalle meets Jackson, where past meets present, and now, where architecture meets art.
“People walk past these buildings, they see these big facades, but they don’t know the kind of decoration, the richness, the history of some of these buildings,” Eric Massey said.
Czr prz said, “My whole idea was to really highlight the work that is already inside the buildings”
Those buildings are the Central Standard Building and the Rookery – two giants of Chicago history.
“Almost have to invite you without having to enter,” Massey said.
Eric Massey is a photographer and marketing professional who has photographed the stunning designs inside Rookery – one of the few surviving works from famed architect Daniel Burnham.
You can now see pictures of Massey in the windows of Rookery – free to view from the outside as the pandemic continues.
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“There is no doubt that this was inspired by the need to be outside more and for people to experience things outside,” he said.
Local artist Czr Prz brought these images to life with paint. He also designed colorful columns outside the central standard building.
“I think it’s really important to send a message that you know the public area is still open for viewing. And people should still be able to go out and look at all the beautiful things that are in their city.” Prz said.
You will also see QR codes, scan them with your phone and you will find videos with more information about the stored art and history of these two buildings.
The name of the project is called Be part of the art. It was funded by a $60,000 grant from the City Hall Epidemic Recovery Fund.
“I definitely feel proud,” Massey said.
From a journey through time through the vehicle of the present.
It was all brought together not only by these artists and city grant, but also by the work of Massey Marketing Agency Torque and the Chicago Building Owners and Managers Association.
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