So many has asked me why I like Chicago …. it’s because it’s big heart and generous smile!
I have talked to people that lives in Chicago and they say it’s a difficult city to make friends in, which doesn’t make much sense to me – because I find it so friendly and chatty. People talk to you everywhere.
I also love Chicago because it gives so much away for free … like the Millennium Park with it’s free concerts duirng the summer months, all the interactive art that is placed all over the city and Lincoln Park Zoo, an oasis for everybody. Chicago is very green, has beautiful flower displays and it’s very airy – because it’s not allowed to build skyscrapers along the lake shore. And of course the food …. one of the best food cities I been to.
Our second day Chicago wasn’t really in a good mood – no blue sky … very heavy overcast. We decided to make our way down to Navy Pier along the Chicago River Walk. But first breakfast and we really enjoyed ours “al fresco” at “Corner Bakery Cafe”, just next door to our hotel. Excellent value and greatly prepared. There we was sitting beside Wacker’s Drive under big umbrellas when the rain softly came over us and some sparrows was watching us very closely …. waiting for their share.
A rain couldn’t stop us .. so we walked over to Union Sq and walked the left bank of the river walk. We didn’t come very fare – the last bit was closed for new development under the overpass.
Just before entering the “Navy Pier” is my favorite piece of all the amazing public art that Chicago is showing off – “Crack the Whip” by J.Seward Johnson Jr. A bronze sculpture of children playing.
Navy Pier was a bit empty, we where early and also the weather wasn’t that inviting. Also loads of construction working was going on for the piers new look.
“Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long (1,010 m) pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. Construction began in 1914 under the leadership of Charles Sumner Frost and took two years, at a total cost of $4.5 million. When it opened to the public in 1916, it was the largest pier in the world. The Pier was built both to handle shipping and as an entertainment site. In 1917-18, during World War I (WWI), the Pier housed many Navy and some Army personnel, the Red Cross, and Home Defense units. It even had a jail for draft dodgers.” (text: wikipedia.org)
Today is all down to entertainment and fun with the Shakespeare Theater, rides and great restaurants but also Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows – a wonderful free exhibition of stain glass windows all collected from Chicago, my biggest motivation to visit Navy Pier time after time. Such beautiful exhibition of a magnificent art, even if it’s the same windows …. I never get tired of admiring them.
Before leaving the pier we suffered us through a massive ice cream creation at Häagen-Dazs Cafe. We took a taxi back to the hotel. So even if our day had been grey and wet Chicago offered loads of colors.
We had a fantastic evening together … with good food and fancy cocktails. The restaurant was packed. AL said that their “Seafood Mix Grill” is one of the best seafood she ever had. I had the same and it was excellent.
Both Beb’s and me tried very hard to get good images of our fancy cocktails, but it was so dark around our table.
Bebs took a taxi to catch her train home and we walked back to the hotel along the posh part of Michigan Ave. also called the Magnificent Mile, which is the northern part of the Avenue. Where all the serious designers and exclusive hotels has their zip code.
There was some real drama going on … loads of emergency service was on the go and the next morning we saw on the news that a young woman, mother of 2, walking with her fiance had been killed by a stone falling from a church. How terrible.
We made it back safely in the tropical warm evening – there was bands playing along … the Mile – and especially one female singer was outstanding. What a voice she had.
Oscar had a great evening too, so many beautiful night views to focus on. Chicago’s night lights are just liked the Swarovski crystals.
“I adore Chicago. It is the pulse of America.”