I had very good intentions, people. I planned on recording my entire vacation. I even planned on taking pix of my family. This is the only picture that I took.
It is a bronze sculpture above the entrance to a Synagogue in downtown Chicago. It was huge and powerful. I took it no more than 20 minutes after disembarking the Metra train. I love it, but do wish I had a few more to share with you. It was a busy and rushed time and I enjoyed it all. We went to Lil Bit’s college, the Art Institute of Chicago, and walked through the Modern Art Museum. It was ok by me, but when we got to the third floor I was enthralled. Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso. Truly fabulous!! We did the Navy Pier which is a tourist trap, but when you can get a view of Lake Michigan like this one, no complaints. I grew up spending three weeks every August with my Grandma (my Mom’s mom) in Waukesha, Wisconsin. We would make a day of going to the beach on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee every year and those memories are precious to me. I vividly remember sprinting across the sand (so hot it burned the soles of my little kid’s asbestos feet) to jump into the lake which in August was usually around 70F. It was pretty darned cold. We didn’t make it to the beach, but that was alright. We also saw where Lil Bit works and the people she works with. She works in Water Tower on Michigan Blvd. IMPRESSIVE. After seeing that, we wandered to the Newberry Library. They were having their annual book sale. I only got two books since I had to haul them home.
The last day there, we went to Wicker Park. They were having a festival. We have an area here in St. Louis called the Delmar Loop which is like Wicker Park, but Wicker Park is like the Loop on steroids. We ate at a restaurant called Ear Wax Cafe. The food was quite good and the ambiance was wonderful. We also hit Myopic Books which is a used book store. I got “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larssen there.
Our last evening with Lil Bit in Chicago was spent at a local Italian restaurant called Renaldi’s. They had outside tables and the weather was heavenly so we sat outside and ate the best pizza I have ever eaten and drank and enjoyed each other’s company. It was wonderful.
The biggest downside for me? The noise. It was so loud all the time that my ears are still swollen and my hearing is still sub par. I will survive. That, and the tremendous expense, were the only downsides for me. I will go back. My Lil Bit is there.
It is Hump Day, people!!! Here is my soundtrack. Tuesday the temperature was 102F here in Middle Earth. Guess what my song is???? Nope. Not the Lovin’ Spoonful. This is my all time favorite song by Bryan Adams “Summer of ’69” and this is a great version.
Have a good one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!