Posted by cybertoad on 08/15/2005 in usa
We’re back and we had a wonderful time in Chicago!! It was much hotter and muggier than we had anticipated but we survived.
Chicago Photo Set @ Flickr
> Our hotel, The Amalfi
, was awesome. Free breakfast, super comfy beds, free wireless hi-speed, turn down service, double-headed shower, great decor and wonderful location in Downtown near a Red Line station.
> Navy Pier: Visited the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, went into the maze, rode the ferris wheel and the swings and just had a blast. With the setting sun and lovely views, I also took some of my best shots.
Museum of Science & Industry: This place is huge! Highlight for me was seeing the Body Worlds exhibit.
Museum of Contemporary Photography: small but they had two good exhibits.
Millennium Park: The Crown Fountain and the “Bean” were favorites (despite the “Bean” being mostly under a canopy while it’s cleaned up/polished).
Took a tour of the Glessner Home.
I wandered Chinatown on my own and as a group we wandered up and down the Magnificent Mile as well as through the Market Days Street Festival on N. Halsted.
Went up to the Hancock Observatory (in the 2nd tallest building in the USA) in the evening and then went up the Sears Tower Skydeck (in the tallest building in USA) during the day.
Went to the ImprovOlympic and saw a couple of shows: “Whirled News Tonight” and “Cupid has a Heart On” by The Cupid Players.
Saw the Blue Man Group our last night in town. Amazing as always.
Took the Architecture River Tour.
Also took the 4-hour “Frank Lloyd Wright by Bus” tour and visited his first home, his design center, Unity Temple as well as took a walking tour to see some of his first homes.
Ate some good food – these are some of the restaurants I can remember: Shaw’s Crab House (the best clam chowder), Paisano’s Pizza, Ann Sather, Rockit Bar & Grill, Weber Grill Restaurant, Johnny O’Hagan’s and Big Bowl Cafe (amazingly refreshing homemade ginger ale).