S: Our Chicago Trip
FC: Our Chicago Trip October 2010
1: Six old friends, Michael & Carolyn Greene, Jean & Nancy Jambon and Steve & Susan Auer took a long weekend to visit Chicago, a city none of us had visited before. We arrived Friday, October 8 and returned home Tuesday, October 12. We stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn downtown, a couple blocks from the famous Magnificent Mile.. This is our first dinner at an Italian restaurant, Carmine's on Rush St. The Chicago Water Tower is one of the only structures to survive the Great Fire of 1871. It became a symbol of the city's will to survive.. It's in the middle of downtown dwarfed by the many modern skyscrapers
2: The Water Tower
3: View from the top of the Hancock Building
4: View from the top of the 100-story Hancock Building
5: On the double-decker bus tour with Vincent as our guide | Marina City, referred to as the "corncobs" has open air parking on the lower levels. Car attendants must park the cars so people don't drive off the edge.
8: This is Aqua, a new 82 story apartment building. Architect Jeanne Gang designed it with curving concrete balconies to give it soft silky lines meant to resemble draped fabric.
10: Picasso sculpture
11: The statue Agora incorporates the figures of 106 headless abstracted 9' tall human figures. The hollow figures wander about along a stretch of land on the south end of Grant Park. Each is hand molded and made to resemble the texture of tree trunks. The 2.5 million dollar piece was a gift from the artist and the Polish Ministry of Culture. The sculptor. Magdalena Abakanowicz, explained the sculptures as this: "They must be like one body that represents so many different meanings," she said. "It's the self against the whole world." | Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears The current design of the stadium, with the Greek style columns being the primary remnant of the older facility, has prompted some fans to refer to the stadium as the "Spaceship on Soldier Field" | We were there for the Columbus Day Parade
12: The American Girl Store
14: Lake Point Tower is located on a promontory of Lake Michigan. It is the only skyscraper in downtown Chicago east of Lake Shore Drive, on the water front.
16: Chicago River
17: The Tribune Tower features rocks of all 50 states and many foreign countries. They were brought back by reporters beginning in the 1920s. | We were there on the day of the Chicago Marathon, 10/10/10. Over 45,000 registered people ran and they brought more than a million spectators to the city. We managed to avoid most of the crush.
19: Wrigley Building
20: Carbon & Carbide building
21: The cast and fans of Million Dollar Quartet
22: The Art Institute of Chicago "Through January 2 of next year, the sedate grand staircase of Chicago's Art Institute has been transformed. The black backgrounds of its risers have burst forth with strips of lettering in day-glo colors. The bright LEDs that subvert the abstract classicism have been compared by Robert Venturi to temple hieroglyphics, "where the sparkle of pixels can parallel the sparkle of tesserae and LED's can become the mosaics of today [creating] an architecture that embraces human dimensions over those of abstract expression--that celebrates the beginning of an age of virtually universal literacy and embraces meaning over expression." The installation at the Art Institute, Public Notice 3, is the work of the Mumbai-born artist Jitish Kallat, and it draws on a historical synchronicity."
23: Grant Wood's American Gothic | Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte-1884 | Detail from A Sunday on La Grande Jatte- | Pablo Picasso's The Old Guitarist | Claude Monet's Water Lily Pond,
24: Edward Hopper Nighthawks, 1942 | Claude Monet's Water Lilies
26: After a roundabout trip to Little Italy, we ate at our favorite restaurant of our trip, Davanti Enoteca. We shared small plates and also found a great wine. Michael got the last 13 drops out of the bottle. In Chicago, we rode by subway, train, boat and bus. A lot by foot and few taxis. | A door in the Little Italy neighborhood
29: We took a sunset architecture cruise on the Chicago RIver
30: Sights from our boat on the Architectural Foundation River Cruise along the Chicago River and into Lake Michigan
31: Ghostly Michael
32: Views from the Hancock Building at night
34: Millenium Park | "The Crown Fountain in MIllennium Park designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa The fountain consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project video images from a broad spectrum of Chicago citizens,give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths." The fountains didn't work while we were there.
35: Cloud Gate at Millennium Park "Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work installed in the United States. Located in Millennium Park, the 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city's famous skyline and the clouds above." Very cool!
36: The "Bean" | Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park
37: Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park "Frank Gehry, winner of the National Medal of Art, applied his signature style to this revolutionary outdoor concert venue. Located in Millennium Park, the Pavilion stands 120-feet high, with a billowing headdress of brushed stainless steel ribbons that frame the stage opening and connect to an overhead trellis of crisscrossing steel pipes. The trellis supporting the sound system spans the 4,000 fixed seats, and the Great Lawn, which accommodates an additional 7,000 people. This state-of-the-art sound system, the first of its kind in the country, was designed to mimic the acoustics of an indoor concert hall by distributing enhanced sound equally over both the fixed seats and the lawn."
39: The Navy Pier, an amusement park on Lake Michigan that used to belong to the Navy. Not much there to interest us. This cool-looking car used to be a refrigerator. An example how to recycle.
40: An afternoon trip to Lincoln Park, an older upscale neighborhood with boutique shops. It was odd to see the fog for a while. Mostly, we had unusually warm weather with the temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The Auers went specifically to find the children's store Stinky Pants, mainly because of its name. Steve's prize was the shopping bag with the store's name on it that he will use for his sports clothes.
42: A shopping center on the Magnificent Mile | Drake Hotel
43: We wandered through the courtyard of the Fourth Presbyterian Church. It was first built in 1871, then promptly destroyed in the Chicago fire. This present building was constructed in 1912, and is located on Michigan Avenue near the Magnificent Mile. At left is the Water Tower on Michigan Avenue. Built in 1869, it survived the Great Chicago Fire and became a symbol of the city's recovery. We saw a photo exhibit in it.
44: Our last lunch in Chicago, the classic Chicago Style deep dish pizza. Our door man directed us to Gino's East - Superior Street The pizza was great and the atmosphere was funky. Just the right note to close out a fabulous weekend. Too bad Jean and Nancy had to leave for an earlier flight.
45: We spent a lot of time looking up.