The Art Institute of Chicago’s iconic lions go on vacation

Traffic was brought to a screeching halt yesterday on South Michigan Avenue in Chicago; pedestrians stopped in their tracks on the broad sidewalk opposite the Art Institute of Chicago to watch the bizarre sight unfolding in front of the entrance to the museum: The two massive bronze lion statues, which have flanked the front steps of the Art Institute for the past 128 years, were being hoisted off of their plinths by cranes and onto flatbed trucks with conservators in hard hats overseeing the process.

“I didn’t know they were going to be moved. I didn’t know they could be moved,” Egla Hassan, a

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