Well, being around kids knocked Leslie down for the count. She caught Bella’s little brother’s cold and stayed in the camper to rest while John, Diane and Don went to downtown Chicago on a beautiful day. They took the train in and went to Millennium Park which is a public park located in the Loop community area of Chicago. It was originally intended to celebrate the second millennium and has been expanded considerably since 2000. The community surrounding Millennium Park has become one of the most fashionable residential addresses in Chicago.
The 10th and 11th picture are of Cloud Gate (better known as The Bean) which is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. Constructed between 2004 and 2006, it is made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together. Its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. It measures 33 by 66 by 42 feet. Kapoor’s design was inspired by liquid mercury and the sculpture’s surface reflects and distorts the city’s skyline. Visitors are able to walk around and under Cloud Gate’s 12-foot (3.7 m) high arch. On the underside is the “omphalos” (Greek for “navel”), a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections.
The fountain in the 6th picture is Buckingham Memorial Fountain, one of the largest fountains in the world. It is located in Grant Park and was opened to the public in May of 1927. For years, the fountain was entirely manually operated by two engineers who each worked a twelve-hour daily shift until it was automated in 1980. As you can see, Don also took pictures as they walked around the city. He loves buildings that reflect other buildings.
They had dinner at Eataly, a 63,000 square foot facility with dozens and dozens of grocery aisles and 22 bars and restaurants. So many choices…they ate the daily special at one place – a meat and cheese plate and a pizza that were very good. Eataly is co-owned by famous chef Mario Batali.