Chicago 2: strolling around the big city

A week in Chicago with superb tourist weather – moderate temperatures and blue skies, but a wind that blew around 30 mph off the Lake the whole time we were there (enough to give Greta pause about visiting in the winter).  The Grand Bargain was achieved – the correct balance between looking at science and animals in museums (the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium) and architecture (snuck in mainly while walking to museums).  The last afternoon we went our separate ways, with Greta in the Aquarium, and me Mies-ing out at IIT.

Marina Towers top

Marina Towers top

Marina Towers bottom

Marina Towers bottom

The cupcake ATM: access to cupcakes at all hours

The cupcake ATM: access to cupcakes at all hours

Greta with the mascot for our trip.

Greta with the mascot for our trip.

The Field has a great NW collection. This house pole was owned by Charles Edenshaw, who was Boas's informant in the Haida cutlture.

The Field has a great NW collection. This house pole was owned by Charles Edenshaw, who was Boas’s informant in the Haida cutlture.

A peak moment for a dinosaur nerd, Greta meets Sue

A peak moment for a dinosaur nerd, Greta meets Sue

The Cloud / blob at its best.

The Cloud / blob at its best.

As the building size has increased, the importance of the early skyscrapers, such as the Gage group by Sullivan and Holabird & Roche, is sometimes overlooked.

As the building size has increased, the importance of the early skyscrapers, such as the Gage group by Sullivan and Holabird & Roche, is sometimes overlooked.

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In a city renowned for its tall buildings, I've aways loved this short palladian on Michigan Ave.

In a city renowned for its tall buildings, I’ve aways loved this short palladian on Michigan Ave.

Nightime view on lake Shore Drive.

Nightime view on lake Shore Drive.

Staying in a corner room in a Mies apartment building on Lake Shore Drive, the teenager will pull all the blinds so she can look at an iPad.

Staying in a corner room in a Mies apartment building on Lake Shore Drive, the teenager will pull all the blinds so she can look at an iPad.

The view from the Mies building on Lake Shore Drive, as the setting sun casts building shadows on the Lake.

The view from the Mies building on Lake Shore Drive, as the setting sun casts building shadows on the Lake.

If Minneapolis had the stadium-as-kaiju, Chicago has the Helmut-Jahn-builds-a-Death_Star building.

If Minneapolis had the stadium-as-kaiju, Chicago has the Helmut-Jahn-building-as-Death-Star-under-construction..

The Death Star from the exterior. It's a crazy, anti-ruban building some ways, but it's probably my favorite Helmut Jahn building. At least it's fun.

The Death Star from the exterior. It’s a crazy, anti-urban building in some ways, but it’s probably my favorite Helmut Jahn building. At least it’s fun.

Someone clearly beat me to the idea of urban camping.

Someone clearly beat me to the idea of urban camping.

At the Museum of Science and Industry.

At the Museum of Science and Industry.

Our only question is where is the El that Batman has to destroy before it plows into Wayne Enterprises?

Our only question is where is the El that Batman has to destroy before it plows into Wayne Enterprises?

We had to drive 2700 miles to see this?

We had to drive 2700 miles to see this?

Greta waves to her cousin Audrey, who had to get ready for a meeting, and so couldn't come out to play. The life of an management consultant.

Greta waves to her cousin Audrey, who had to get ready for a meeting, and so couldn’t come out to play. The life of a management consultant.

Mariano Park: having spent most of my Chicago visits in the Loop, I wasn't aware that these great little squares / parks existed.

Mariano Park: having spent most of my Chicago visits in the Loop, I wasn’t aware that these great little squares / parks existed.

Sunrise over Lake Michigan

Sunrise over Lake Michigan

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