I Love Downtown Chicago

Jul 15, 2012

I think Chica­go is one of my favorite cities to vis­it and I nev­er tire of walk­ing down­town. The archi­tec­ture, land­marks and win­dow shop­ping is amaz­ing. Get­ting to spend the day with Car­o­line, David, Lau­ra, Ron­da, Emi­ly and Jes­si­ca made it even bet­ter. So what start­ed out not being such a great day end­ed up being a blast.

I love rid­ing the train into down­town and am intrigued with how close busi­ness­es and homes are to the train. The train is lit­er­al­ly in their back­yards. I’m sure it has to be super loud but I guess they get used to it.

The Civic Opera House was real­ly pret­ty and walk­ing over the riv­er is a guar­an­teed beau­ti­ful view and for some rea­son I real­ly like see­ing all the met­al beams under­neath the train. I think they are very inter­est­ing. We even got to see Chica­go fire­fight­ers in action. One of the very tall build­ings we were all walk­ing by had a fire about half way up.

While walk­ing around down­town you see flow­ers and green­ery all over. They have large planters filled with all kinds of col­or­ful flow­ers and flower beds placed in front of stores all long the streets with pret­ty wrought iron fenc­ing out­lin­ing the flower beds.

We all hur­ried into Dick Blick for some seri­ous art sup­ply look­ing… this store is two lev­els of awe­some good­ness and the art they have placed around the store is real­ly neat. I was real­ly intrigued with this very large paint­ing. This is only about a 1/3 of the paint­ing. I even found some gor­geous papers I plan on using for projects in book #3.

We went to see the Bean at Mil­len­ni­um Park which is always fun. The flower gar­dens as you walk around are gor­geous. And did you now this… “It is con­sid­ered bad man­ners and harm­ful to your taste buds to put ketchup on your hot dog with­in the city lim­its of Chica­go”. LOL, the Notice sign cracked me up and see­ing the ketchup bot­tle next to the mus­tard at the very end of the hot dog stand made me gig­gle. Sor­ry for the bad pho­to too.

And it does not mat­ter how long the line is at Gar­rett the wait is so worth it… noth­ing bet­ter than their “Chica­go Mix” which is cheese and caramel pop­corn mixed togeth­er. Talk about YUMMY!

And I even found Wal­do twice while walk­ing around down­town.… first I found him sit­ting at an inter­sec­tion while cross­ing the street and then eat­ing at a Pot­bel­ly Sand­wich Shop.

So how was your day? Mine was awe­some. Tomor­row, well it might be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. Major set up day for us all. I’ll give you a recap tomor­row night.

Hugs!

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