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Monday, October 6, 2008

WiNdY CiTy: Day 1

When we landed in Chicago it was pouring rain. We took the subway to the stop by our hotel. Ryan was sure he knew which way to go. We started walking, in the cold rain, with our luggage for blocks. After awhile he said "we should be there by now." So, we turned around and walked all the way back. He asked for directions and we had been going the opposite way! A few blocks later and we were safely in the hotel. We had to wait for Ryan's dad to check in, so we just sat in the lobby and tried to warm up and dry off.

You can't tell in this picture, but my legs were soaked from my knees down. Oh, and it was about 50 degrees outside.

The view from our room.

We walked to the Navy Pier after drying off. Here's a view of the coast from Lake Michigan.

That tall building is the Aon building, the 2nd tallest in Chicago.

There were boats up and down the pier that offered lunch and dinner cruises.

From the pier we walked across town. This is the Chicago River.

Looking across the drawbridge.

We walked through the park and there was a huge amphitheater.

Last stop of the day was the Art Institute of Chicago. It is one of the nation's top art institutions, with one of the world's largest collections-more than 225,000 works in all, shown among ten departments. Two of American art's most recognizable paintings are here: Grant Wood's American Gothic (the artists dentist posed for the pitchfork-holding farmer, and the artist's sister for the spinster daughter at his side) and Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, his famous all-night diner scene. This museum has the largest membership of any U.S. art museum.


Sara Stevenson said...

Looks like tons of fun...minus the walking in the wrong direction and the rain:)

Stephanie said...

This looks like SO much fun! It brings back a lot of memories for me because we went to Chicago on Choir Tour my Junior year in High school - I'm pretty sure our dinner cruise was on that Spirit of Chicago boat! Such a fun city! I'm excited to hear about the rest of your trip!

Trent & Natalie Greenhalgh said...

I am SO glad you had fun. I absolutely loved Chicago. =D That is kind of a bummer it was cold and rainy. What was your favorite part of the trip?

Elle said...

So much fun. Glad to hear you're off to a great start-it'll get better and better from here.

David said...

The freezing cold rain is just the Chicago experience :) That's awesome you got to see the Art Institute. We never made it there.


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