June 6th, 2016 – Chicago, Illinois

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.

 

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3 thoughts on “June 6th, 2016 – Chicago, Illinois

  1. Judy

    So sorry that you had to stay behind (Leslie) and miss this wonderful tour of the big buildings – they are beautiful. We have never been to Chicago but Don has the Catalog out and I notice that is what he has it turned to. I’ve never thought I wanted to go there but I do love the water fountain and the tall buildings. My back etc. wouldn’t be able to take the trip now anyway. The weather here today is gorgeous – not too hot but sunny and a little breeze as we walked this morning. I begged Don to lets throw a suitcase in the car and ride to Savannah and do the River Walk, Riverboat and Tybee Island. I love to sit in the shaded swings there on the beach – only place I’ve ever seen that! But he says, “No.”. If it isn’t me saying “no” these days it’s him. The eating place sounds fantastic!! Have fun…..

  2. Barbara

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    Leslie,

    Wow. Really made me homesick. Generally when we go home and this trip will be no different, we visit family and friends and don’t really tour the city. There are so many new things there that I think we will plan a “tourist” trip and check out the downtown area. It was great to see all the pictures.

    Thanks,

    Barb

  3. Steve

    I really love Chicago. Great pictures Don! One of The Art Institute Lions – cppl/ I rmember when The Prudential Building was the tallest building in the city, and going up to the observation deck on the 41st floor. Now it’s dwarfed by The Standard Oil Building on it’s right and NBC Tower to it’s rear. As a matter of fact, now just about everything is taller!

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