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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

I Heart Da Chi

In between all of the partying, posing, and boob-grabbing I did manage to see a little bit of Chicago. What a wonderful city. The waterfront is magnificent—this is what Toronto should strive for.

The walk from the W down the Magnificent Mile to the Art Institute was fab. There is so much outdoor art and the parks and planters were lush with gorgeous plants and flowers. The Art Institute, which houses what’s considered the best Impressionist collection outside of Paris, is free Thursday evenings. There were children taking an art class in the building (I resisted the urge to photograph them). I didn’t resist the urge to buy Cakes a souvenir book from the gallery gift shop.

Sunday morning Redneck Mommy and I did an architecture river tour. It was fantastic. As we sipped lemonade the guide discussed the various types of architecture (there are so many examples in Chicago!) as well as a little bit of the city’s history. The architecture is breathtaking…






Please forgive my shitty camera. If you’re a photographer, this city’s for you.

I feel like there’s so much I missed: the theatre, the music scene, the aquarium. I’ll definitely be back with Cakes and McHotty one day. It seems to be a very family-friendly city—very walkable, and lots of attractions that would appeal to kids.

If only it weren’t so humid.

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19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like such a great weekend!

I stayed at the W too....which means that chocolate cigars were nearby and I missed them.....

AEH

9:38 AM  
Blogger Lisa b said...

That boat tour sounds great.
The Detroit Art institute also has lots of impressionist art bought up by the Industrial Barrons wives. It seems obvious now but I had no idea until I saw both Chicago and Detroit's Art Institutes.
We were supposed to do a family trip to Chicago in April. You are making me ever more sad that we didn't get to go.
Our friends are moving there so maybe we can go soon.

10:49 AM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

Man, if that is a shitty camera, I'm not sure what you would say about my pictures...

11:08 AM  
Blogger Nadine said...

Chicago is on my list of places I want to go. I like your pictures!

11:18 AM  
Blogger jen said...

i am so glad to hear RNM got on the boat. and glad to see what i missed. and missed some more.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Assertagirl said...

I know, wasn't Chicago so beautiful? I managed to get down the Magnificent Mile and took a lot of photos of buildings, too. I wish I'd have had more time to explore.

The plants they had in those planters were not your usual crappy installation landscaping plants, either. Very interesting and beautiful.

2:49 PM  
Blogger kgirl said...

me and vw were there a few years ago for work, and I was also impressed. I thought there was a lot that t-dot could learn from chicago. one of the things that really struck me were the multi-window newspaper boxes - so much nicer than our myriad of ratty single boxes all over the place. also, the boulevards, wide sidewalks and planters, planters, everywhere.
makes a huge difference.

of course, then we got our car towed and ended up in a cage in the ghetto and I yearned for boring home.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Teena said...

We were supposed to be in Chicago this week but decided to spend our vacation here at home in Toronto.

3:56 PM  
Blogger NotSoSage said...

I loved the city, too...like kgirl, I think Toronto has a lot to learn from that city. The revitalised lakeshore is just the beginning.

We'll be returning, too, so I saved some of the fun stuff for that trip...it was great to meet you there!

7:15 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

And - this is true - my gangster relatives used to OWN the place. But they're all dead now.
I've never been. I really should go someday, eh?

7:20 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

We visit Chicago at least once a year, and I love it. The Art Institute is one of my fav. places. You should get to the Field Museum sometime - it's really cool.

7:42 PM  
Blogger b*babbler said...

I have yet to go to Chicago, but everytime my husband goes on business he comes back singing the city's praises.

Seriously, where is our city at when we keep making the waterfront viable only for the super-wealthy who can afford the ridiculous numbers of ticky-tacky condos proliferating upon its shores? (Apologies to those living in the ticky-tacky condos...)

Gah!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

The boat tour sounds fantastic. Chicago, from what I saw, really is a gorgeous city. I can't wait to get back there and see it properly.

9:56 PM  
Anonymous ali said...

i lived there for many, many years. i miss it so...

2:08 PM  
Blogger creative-type dad said...

I can't help but to look at Chicago and think of that TV show "Perfect Strangers"

2:34 PM  
Blogger ewe are here said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time in Chicago. Someday...

4:02 PM  
Blogger Mamalooper said...

I never thought I'd like Chicago but after being there a few times, I love it. I can soooo see living there. The architecture is great and it is an amazing arts town.

7:38 PM  
Blogger cinnamon gurl said...

Ooh, that sounds heavenly. I regret not going on so many levels... oh well. Lesson for next year I guess.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I totally loved Chicago too. I want to bring my family back as well. I think the architectural river tour will be on my must-do list!

I'm only sorry I didn't get to talk with you more...

10:02 AM  

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