16 July 2012

Chicago Trip Impressions

Crown Fountain, Millennium Park, Chicago
  • Planes arriving early? What's with that? Have they changed the travel estimate so passengers get the impression that we are arriving early? It works for me. Yipee, I got in early!
  • Chicago Taxis are cute little Scion XBs. 
  • Pedestrian signals lights up before green traffic signals giving walkers a head start before cars start turning. Thank you. 
  • Architects must love Chicago. Skyrise buildings are presented like precious treasures. I never heard as many Architect's names as I did on the river Architecture boat tour. 
  • Sporty town! People can ride their bike to the lake to go swimming. The beaches are full of serious volley ball action, roller blade hockey, soccer. We watched exciting sail boat races at the Navy Pier.
  • The large outdoor art installations are grand and delight so many people - the bean, the spitty mouth Crown fountains. Such joy!
  • The Art Institute is worth an entire day so that is what we did.
  • There was an adorable wee kid's level sink and soap dispenser in the bathroom at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  What a hit with the toddler crowd. 
  • It was great being with my daughter. She does the travel research and lines up interesting restaurants and neighborhoods to explore. We walked for miles each day dodging rain storms in musty antique stores and coffee shops. More photos here.  
Now, time to see what you have all been up to while I've been away!

Architectural Tour, Chicago
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago
The Bean!
Crown Fountain, Chicago
My gal scouting out coffee shops in the rain
NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell me!
Volleyball at the Lake
Amazing sailing at the Navy Pier


Kate said...

I looked at all your photos and was thrilled to see the city through your eyes! My heart skipped a beat when I saw the Chagall windows!!

Charlestonjoan said...

I told my daughter that is where I was heading first at your direction :) Good choice!

Anonymous said...

Trip down memory lane. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing all of this, Joan.

Charlestonjoan said...

Denise, I would think it would be a nice place to live. The only other time I was there it was for a conference and all I saw was the shopping mile.

Les said...

My wife would be envious of your time at Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.

Charlestonjoan said...

It was fun! My daughter had bought the tickets. They film every Thursday for the Saturday show so I haven't listened to it yet. I think I can download it.

Lowandslow said...

I saw none of this the last time I was there. I need to plan better next time, or hire your daughter to arrange my visitor's itinerary for me. ;)


Suzie said...

Joan, I love your pictures! Great job of documenting your visit!

Charlestonjoan said...

She was great. She loves doing the leg work and no sense us both doing it. She has it all mapped out including restaurant recommendations.

Charlestonjoan said...

Thanks Suzie! Back at ya!

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