My Kind of Town

Trip Start Sep 09, 2008
Trip End Dec 20, 2008

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

My mom and I walked until our feet were screaming in pain through Chicago today, but I loved it.  After a summer of almost nothing but Saginaw, or Sagi-nasty, as one fellow intern labeled it, it was great to go to a real city.  We took the Metra to Union, then walked down Adams to the Art Institute.  We saw more exhibits in one day than I recall seeing on any of my previous visits.  We started off in the European area, then lunched at the cafe, which was surprisingly satisfying, and finally we took a couple more hours to walk through the American and photography exhibits.  One my favorite works of the day was one that probably does not receive the attention it deserves, located in the corner of the same room as "American Gothic" by Hopper, called "Nightlife" by Motley.
Nightlife by Archibald Motley

But of course, I also loved almost everything I saw there. 

We left the Institute in the afternoon, and then walked over to Navy Pier along the path near Lake Shore.  It is a tourist attraction with little to offer, other than popcorn (we counted at least 4 different vendors on the short strip), but also the best spot to view the lighthouse.  It was a serene spot to sit and watch boats and waves on a nice cool summer day.  We cupped our hands around our eyes and peered through windows to watch a couple of rehersal performances in the ballroom, then searched for a place to grab some dinner.  We ended up at a little place called RockIt bar on Hubbard between Dearborn and State St., which was delicious and offered a warm atmosphere.  A little pricey, but no more than any other quality restaurant in downtown Chicago.  Then, it was back to Union station to catch the Metra home.  I love this town!
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