2 days in Chicago

Trip Start Jul 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 01, 2009

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Last two days we spent in Chicago. We stayed at Monika & Paul's house, and it was a true pleasure to meet them. They got married just two weeks earlier! Congratulations!

Chicago has a very different feel from any other city I've seen. It's very industrial, kind od heavy, old, business type metropolis.

It's beautiful and I regret we didn't have more time to explore it. We took a free trolley around the city, passing right next to Sears Towers (the tallest building in United States with 1,705 ft / 520 m), Art Institute, Field Museum, Soldier Field Stadium, Adler Planetarium, and back to Grant Park and Millenium Park.
The parks are very beautiful, especially the Millenium Park with its Cloud Gate, known also as The Bean. It basically looks like an enormous bean, made of perfectly polished steel. It reflects objects, just like a mirror, but the curves and dents disfigure objects a little. It is however, a magnificent sculpture, one of a kind! It is interesting that the estimated cost of completing the project was $ 9 million, but  complications led to a final cost of $ 23 million! We also adored the water fountains: the traditional Buckingham Fountain, and the contemporary Crown Fountain made of two 50-foot tall glass block towers that project video images of Chicago residents' faces. On top of that it started raining, so it was a really wet day!  

I was pleased to see an art instalation by the famous Magdalena Abakanowicz in the Grant Park! It consists of 106 headless and armless iron figures 9-feet-tall (3 meters). For some reason they are controversial, and they have their admirers as well as critics, but I found out that Robin Williams donated some $$$ to this project, and I certainly share his admiration! I just love the enigmatic crowd!


On the second day we decided to visit the Museum of Science and Industry. The most interesting exhibitions were: the "green house" - incredible with very modern approach, the U-505 - the only German submarine captured by American army during World War II, and the Baby Chick Hatchery - with chicks hatching from the egg-shells. Sooo cute!

Enjoy the photos:






It was sad to leave Monika and Paul, they were such great hosts, but there was more ahead of us, and we had to stick to the schedule...

Tomorrow's destination: Canada!

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Monika & Paul's house
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