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Down to Chicago for a daytrip to do a little shopping. We parked at Wells & Kinzie, had lunch at Ed Debevic’s – a classic diner with “sassy” waitresses, and then headed up and down the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue. Then it was over to Millennium Park to see Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”) and the Crown Fountain. Then to the Loop, past the Willis Tower (sorry, always the Sears Tower… Read More

Visited Navy Pier in Chicago. Great place to view the Chicago skyline. A ride in the ferris wheel is a must-do!

I’ve ridden the Amtrak train between Bloomington/Normal, Illinois and Chicago’s Union Station plenty of times. I’ve always noticed this patriotic paint job each time I’ve passed by. Been meaning to take a picture–finally remembered today. It marks 9/11 and Pearl Harbor and is at the Canal Street Self-Storage.

Union Station in Chicago is one of the great transportation hubs in the U.S. The next time you’re there, escape the enclosed office-like waiting rooms of the Amtrak area and venture in the beautiful and old Great Hall.

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.