Hidden in the middle of a zoo on the north side of the city, this honeycomb-like structure was built in 2010 and is inspired by the natural design of a tortoise shell. The interconnected pods reflect light off of fiberglass, which creates a translucent, laminated curvature that's a perfect portrait backdrop.
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How to get there
N41° 55' 04.1664"W87° 37' 56.4672"
This image was taken from under the open-air Education Pavilion in Lincoln Park Zoo.
To get here, you can either drive and then park in the Chicago History Museum Parking (41.914171, -87.632724) or you can take public transportation.
Once you're in the zoo, walk along the east side of the South Pond and you'll see the structure. I stood underneath and faced east towards the Ulysses S. Grant Monument, which you can see on the right side of my image.
By public transportation:
- Closest station: Sedgwick (via Brown or Purple Line)
- Head north on N Sedgwick St toward W North Ave
- Turn right onto W Wisconsin St
- Pass N Clark St and enter into the zoo
- Head north along N Stockton Dr
- Cross over the Bridge over South Pond
- Head south toward the Education Pavilion
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