Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Cloud Gate & Other Sites

Last Saturday morning we went to Chicago to do some touristy things. Thanks to some unused Metra train passes from my sister's visit, we didn't spend a dime.

Most of the morning was spent at Millennium Park. I love the Bean (the official name is Cloud Gate). It is so much cooler in person than in pictures. If you get under the center of the bean and look up, you are reflected multiple times - sort of like a fun house mirror.

This is the whole bean. I absolutely love the reflection of the city on the bean.

Our family reflected in the bean:

At the Crown Fountain, the faces were on and spitting. I suppose it could look like they are drinking rather than spitting. The official description uses the word "spouting". Whatever you want to call it, we saw it.

One of the faces:

The face "spouting": (just ignore the two heads of other spectators at the bottom of the photo)

While at the park we also checked out the Lurie Garden, walked by the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and walked over the BP Bridge to the Daley Bicentennial Plaza.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion - I want my lawn to be that green

At the plaza we stopped at a great playground for Sweetie and watched people get ready for their Segway Tour of the city. You'll notice that Sweetie is wearing the scarf that I knit! (Yes, it was that cold -scarves, hats, mittens and ear muffs were all worn.)

Bicentennial Park - If you look under a magnifier you might be able to see that the person in the picture is on a Segway

Just in case you aren't sure what a segway is, this picture is from the City Segway Tour website (obviously not taken the day we were there. Short sleeves - ha!)

After the playground, we walked along the Randolph Street side of Millennium Park by the bike rentals and the Millennium Monument. I had skipped that corner on the way into the park due to my excitement to see the Bean.

Millennium Monument:

I took a couple of pictures of the flowers in the road dividers on Michigan Ave for my sister. When she and I took a trolley tour in March, the driver mentioned how beautiful the street looks when everything is in bloom.

From the park we walked to Macy's (the former Marshall Fields) on the corner of State and Washington. We admired the Tiffany glass ceiling, the great clocks and the granite pillars of the famous building.

Tiffany glass ceiling (it's on the 5th floor if you want to visit):

While waiting to cross a street, I turned to the left and saw the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). This was the oldest futures and options exchange. It has since merged with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. For most people, this may not be exciting, but I work in financial services, so I have actually seen CBOT as the exchange on future trades.

Then we hopped on the train at Union Station and made it home in time for Hubs to watch the Indian's baseball game.

A little something for everyone.


Lovebabz said...


You do have a photographers eye! Now I want to go to Chicago!

I hope you all are well and in good spirits. Keep us posted on the big move!

A-M said...

Fantastic photos! Oh to be travelling. Thankyou for your lovely comments in my blog. OMG you live in New England .... the source of my inspiration! I understand the delays in building a house. We have had our block of land 2 years now and still have not turned the soil. We are seeing our builders today so hopefully we will get a start date. Yes, the house from our block has a new life as a bed and breakfast. I was so pleased we did not have to demolish....the sound of a demolition is devastating also! Rambling a bit.....haven't had my morning coffee....I am so glad you enjoy my blog. Best Wishes, A-M from Australia

Piecake said...

Aw shucks... thank you both for the kind words about my pictures!