Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Chicago, The Windy City part 2

A little Chicago trivia......Chicago is known as The Windy City which we attribute this to the wind off the lake, however it was really nicknamed this due to the politicians and city boosters who were thought to be full of hot air.  Chicago wanted to host the World's Fair and kept sending their politicians to win this prize which they finally did and gained their nick name.

When visiting Chicago, as with many large and great cities, there are so many things to do and& experience one cannot ever do it all in one short weekend.  I did have the opportunity of experiencing the 'Magnificent Mile' and its fabulous retailers.  Enjoyed a nice authentic Italian lunch and did make a few purchases.

Of course I had to see the Crate & Barrel store which was several levels of fantastic products reached by ongoing escalators.

Love this table of wood and glass from C & B

I found myself mesmerized by the beautiful architecture which I posted in an earlier blog. So fantastic, especially considering Chicago was considered to be a lost city after the great fire of 1871.  The people of Chicago decided they would rebuild and once again be a great city.
A few famous buildings below....many more in my first post

No self respecting decorator could visit this city without a stop at a home decor store, so I dropped into Room and Board and enjoyed their lovely room displays

Macy's on the Mag Mile is many floors and of course a lot of escalators
I seem to be hung up on taking photos of escalators??

 During my short weekend visit,  I was able to take an Architectural River Cruise which was incredible to see the many buildings along both rivers. 
    A few views from the boat....

We had to visit the famous Navy Pier, however did not take a ride on the Ferris wheel.  Maybe next time.  While in this area I saw the most fantastic collection of stained glass.  Something worth seeing.  Lunch was at the "Bubba Gump Shrimp Co." so named from the Forest Gump movie.  The shrimp was indeed great!!

Our hotel was right across from the River Walk, and the skinniest
building in Chicago, also within the downtown area known as the Loop
and has several of the "L" subway lines running through it.  Also it is
known to have the 2nd oldest Macy's store in the world,
after New York.  We enjoyed shopping in this area and all of the
beautiful architecture.

Even the subway entrance has character

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