Moose (W-02-03) in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago’s Michigan Avenue isn’t considered the “Magnificent Mile” for nothing. A stretch along the street plays home to shops galore, restaurants, skyscrapers, and river views that keep tourists coming back. But alongside business and pleasure there is a wacky side to the street that showcases some of the silliest sites Chicago has to offer. Yesterday I presented the Jack Brickhouse Statue and today we’ll meet his neighbor, a large, chrome, antlered moose! The sculpture, titled “Moose (W-02-03),” has stood proudly across from the Wrigley Building since 2006.

Moose (W-02-03), a chrome moose statue on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.

Moose (W-02-03), a chrome moose statue on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.

Moose (W-02-03), a chrome moose statue on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.

The artwork was created by artist John Kearney between 2002 and 2003 and was part of the Chicago Cultural Center’s Artists & Automobiles event. Between June and October public art displays featuring works made from recycled car parts. This moose sculpture was made from chrome bumpers and survived past the program, still watching guard over the Mag Mile today.

Moose (W-02-03), a chrome moose statue on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.

Moose (W-02-03), a chrome moose statue on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.

Moose (W-02-03), a chrome moose statue on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.

Site: Moose (W-02-03) – Chrome Moose Statue
Location: 401 North Michigan Ave., Chicago IL
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible
Date: August 16, 2009

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Moose (W-02-03), a chrome moose statue on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.
Moose (W-02-03), a chrome moose statue on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!