A business trip took me to Skokie, Illinois at the end of the month of March. I found some free time to breeze into Chicago to see what I could see. You will note that I was in a "lyrical" mood:
There I was, "tripping down the streets of city,"
"Smiling at everybody I saw."
I was "reaching out to capture a moment,"
In the city that "everyone knows is Windy."
"And Windy has stormy eyes, that flash at the sound of lies,"
etc., etc., etc... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2DSeB7qL1A
Signs indicated that it might be time for lunch:
while taking a look at the guts of the city:
and some tall buildings:
That's one large signature, John Hancock!
And some smaller buildings - Frank Lloyd Wright's early Charnley House of 1892, designed while he was still a young employee of Louis Sullivan:
Some other nice cribs of the robber baron 1% of yore:
A High-Water-Pants Apartment Tower:
The Driehaus Museum in the Nickerson Mansion of 1879:
There's no accounting for some Victorian taste:
It was time to get back outdoors into spring, albeit a foggy sprintgime:
with a visit to Millennium Park and the Loop:
Frank Gehry's Pritzker Pavilion :
When does the show begin?
Yours truly reflecting on the Cloud Gate:
The Art Institute with Renzo Piano's addtion was next door, so a detour was definitely in order:
To see Louis Sullivan's Chicago Stock Exchange interior:
and some familiar works of art:
What a collection!
and even minature rooms - fabulous:
Then over to Burnham & Root's Monadnock Building of 1891:
A quick look in the old Chicago Public Library building:
and Louis Suillivan's Carson Pirie Scott and Company Store of 1904:
There was just enough time for a quick run along the lake before dark:
That astonishing lake was right there in all its immensity:
The wind was off the water. It was cold. I had only brought running shorts!
Did I mention that it's a REALLY big lake:
It was a great run.
There may not be hills in Chicago, but there is wind resistance.
Just ask the Associaton (circa 1967):
(Many thanks and much love to Ann Clark, the Supreme Glama Queen of Chicago.)