We took the commuter train from Robert’s hometown, Hinsdale (a suburb of Chicago), into the city to play tourist for the day. Chicago is so much cleaner and prettier than we remember from our teenage days playing and shopping in the city. We walked from Union Station to the lakefront and saw Buckingham Fountain start up at 8am! We continued our walk past the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, then along the harbor filled with sailboats to Navy Pier. From there we backtracked to Millenium Park and the train station for our return train ride and got home for lunch!
Buckingham Fountain dwarfed by the ever changing and growing Chicago skyline.
The Field Museum has an appropriate exhibit for the weather we’ve experienced this spring!
Grant Park with the Sears Tower in the background.
A Four Masted Schooner docked at Navy Pier. Available for tours on Lake Michigan.
“The Bean” also known as Cloud Gate, at Millenium Park on Michigan Avenue. We’re reflected somewhere on the shiny surface.
An amazing Fountain/Sculpture at Millenium Park. The faces projected on the glass block ‘screen’ change periodically, and the water spouts only when the lips are pursed. About 25, 000 Chicagoans were photographed to get 5,000 usable images. Water also cascades down the front and sides and falls to a shallow pool that children were playing in.