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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Back from a daytrip up to Chicago. Took the Amtrak train from Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. First stop after leaving Union Station was the Art Institute of Chicago. After that, it was a walk down Michigan Avenue, a stop at Cloud Gate (aka “the bean”), a trip to the John Hancock Center observatory, and some shopping.

Chicago is one of the great museum cities and one the greats is the Art Institute of Chicago. You could (and should!) spend a whole day there. The Art Institute has some of my favorites, including American Gothic by Grant Wood, Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, Monet paintings, Marcel Duchamp, and of course a few scenes from my favorite movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Decatur, Illinois gets a bad rap. It’s home to a large soy processing plant, so it smells. The locals always say “the smell of money.” Very true. It employs a lot of people. What I found are a lot of local mom-n-pop shops and friendly people willing to lend a hand.