Chicago. The Windy City. It could have been terrible in mid-November.
It was stunning! Even the billboards were artistic!
Brilliant blue sky. Warm temperatures. Walking weather.
And color everywhere. That was part of what was so surprising -- the brilliant reds and golds on the streets and in the parks.
On our first day, we shopped a bit. And of course, for me that meant a must-visit to Paper Source, a wonderful store with abundant papers, stationery and clever gifts.
Loved the wreath in the window...
...and this was just one small part of the upstairs.
There was shopping in the Museum of Contemporary Art shop, Crate and Barrel, and the next day, at Garret's, the must-stop popcorn shop.
I have always loved Chicago architecture. This time, the white buildings stood out against the blue sky...
...framed by berried branches...
...and gently waving flags.
I was shocked there was still so much color and such greenery.
Then there was The Bean. I know it has an official name, something fancy. But everyone calls it The Bean.
Located in Millennium Park, it is the ultimate mirror ball trophy!
Kate, Cindy and I couldn't resist a self-portrait -- but neither could anyone else!
The park also had this lovely sculpture -- looking all the more striking against the red branches.
We headed for the Art Institute and this staircase that greeted us. All the steps from the main lobby had these illuminated words.
We took off to the Thorne Miniature Rooms immediately.
These were designed by the wife of the Montgomery Ward heir, and the fact that she had unlimited resources and probably a good amount of time on her hands is evident in the detailed miniature rooms, all half-inch/foot scale.
These are so exquisite, so detailed, it makes one gasp. No expense was spared.
A few were decorated for the holidays.
They represented both American and European homes (some very grand homes -- let's call them castles.)
This English modern room looked like a set for "Private Lives."
Of course I had to visit the children's book exhibit...
...and the textiles.
And no visit to the Art Institute is right without a visit to the extensive Impressionist exhibits.
There were Monets and Renoirs...
...and of course this most famous Seurat. Everoyone took photographs. So did I!
We saw landmarks, like the Route 66 Begins Here sign.
Our walk back to the hotel to catch the bus home was quick. After all, we saw the time -- and the bus left at two.
Past the river, back to the hotel. We all wished we had more time...
But what a wonderful day!
Thanks so much for helping me relive a couple of fun days. Don't forget, all comments through Thanksgiving are entered into my drawing for the book "Simple Abundance" -- and something else, too!
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