Exquisite City

Jay Ryan’s exquisite block

Originally uploaded by vinzcha

Over 60 imaginary city blocks handcrafted in cardboard by Chicago artists comprise the excellent exhibit The Exquisite City.

Notable artists include Jay Ryan, whose model is shown, and Neko Case, who created a stunning nineteenth century hotel burning down in the Great Chicago Fire (complete with smoke rising to the ceiling).

The level of creativity and attention to detail that went into the models impressed me greatly.

Check out the website for various events, including an opening reception tomorrow night.

Exquisite City
Chicago Tourism Center (across from the Cultural Center)
72 E Randolph, Chicago, IL
Through March 15

(See more photos of the Exquisite City at Flickr)