Calder’s Flamingo
Calder’s Flamingo
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Monroe • 1 min walk
  • Jackson • 2 min walk
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN4,968 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Alexander Calder's Flamingo has sat at Federal Plaza in Chicago's Loop since 1974. It is a much-photographed piece of art and has become quite an iconic part of downtown Chicago. Certainly, worth a drive by and if you have time to kill, it's a nice spot to sit during the warmer months of the year.
Written 10 March 2024
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Cheryl J
Indianapolis, IN541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Located in a nice little plaza so easy to get to and easy to take pictures with. On the way between Willis Tower and Millennium park if you chose to walk past it. Iconic Chicago artwork!
Written 13 November 2023
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,72,875 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
There are a handful of large scale art and sculpture installations around downtown including the Calder's Flamingo (1974) at Federal Plaza just in front of the U.S. Post Office.

The vermilion coloured sculpture is 16 meters tall and makes use of around 50 tons of steel. It is abstract in shape and form and fairly typical of Calder's artworks, even if they are more commonly found hanging in mid air instead of being planted into the ground like what you see here.

Flamingo is an interesting abstract installation, worth seeing in Downtown. There are other large scale public works by the likes of Chagall, Miro and Picasso not terribly far from here for those interested in viewing outdoor art and sculptures.
Written 3 May 2023
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Ross F
Highland Park, IL732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This brilliant orange sculpture stands in beautiful contrast against the shiny black buildings of Federal Plaza. It's the perfect placement, with plenty of room around it. A great piece.
Written 2 October 2022
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A Z
Indianapolis, IN185 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
You can do a drive by and see all you need to see. If by foot then make sure you have other POIs planned nearby as it’s not worth walking just to see this.
Written 27 August 2022
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nicholebowers
Stamford, Connecticut70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
A nice piece of public art representative of the artist’s style and in his “signature” color. It was a surprise to see a smaller version of it at the Art Institute the next day. Worth a walk by if you’re in the area.
Written 27 August 2022
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,729 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
For me this public art sculpture was Chicago. It is featured in many movies set in the city. It sits in an open space surrounded by tall buildings. We saw it between our hotel and a visit to the Willis Tower. We could even see it from the Willis Tower but the shadows make it difficult to see. Still this is a cool piece of public art that for me symbolizes Chicago. I simply had to see it.
Written 24 July 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
There are several such statues spread around the Loop, probably to break the monotony of soulless high rises around.
While the Picasso's statue blends into the surroundings due to its color, this orange flamingo fits much better making a contrast and breaking the concrete/glass monotony.
Written 23 May 2022
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Betty
2,879 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
The colorful artwork totally stands out to the plain buildings. It is a nice landmark and a great photo-op.
Written 21 September 2021
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CharlieinTexas
Austin, TX5,112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Saw a small version of this at the art institute. It’s a cool looking statue, that I commented to my wife was an elephant. Apparently it’s not an elephant. Oh well, art is to be appreciated by the viewer.
Written 25 July 2021
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