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A Constantly Changing Chicago

 

Water Tower in Chicago
Enjoying the Water Tower in Chicago

It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago — she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.

~ MARK TWAIN

The tour guide for an Architectural River Boat Tour of the Chicago recently shared this quote in his talk. It really hit home. I’ve been going to Chicago for years—day trip here, a day trip there, long weekends, conventions and fun times with family. We even traveled to Chicago by boat once and moored in the harbor near Navy Pier.  For more about that experience, go to Chicago by Water. 

Chicago is always different. Old sights change. New ones emerge. I see the city in a new way. The architectural boat tour is an example. It’s the third time I’ve taken one and I learned new things and was reminded of facts I had heard before..

Yep, I was reminded that Chicago has been an architectural tourism destination since the 1880s when the city was being rebuilt after the great fire. It was the location of the first skyscraper and in 1889 Chicago boasted the largest building in the world.

New buildings go up all the time, each with a history to make and a story to tell.

Here are a few images from that boat trip. It’s a boat tour really worth doing if you have the time.

Chicago River
Chicago River
Chicago Boat Tour
Chicago BoatTour
Chicago River Boat Tour
Chicago River Boat Tour
Chicago River Boat tour
Chicago River Boat tous
Chicago River Boat tour
Chicago River Boat tour
Chicago Boat Tour
Chicago River Boat Tour

For more scenes from another Chicago River Boat tour see blog post: Taking the architectural boat tour of Chicago

See the Murals in the Wabash area of Chicago 

Old areas take on new life like the Wabash Big Walls project. This is an area around Columbia College on Michigan Avenue where muralists were invited to paint on the many buildings. It reminded me of Wynwood Walls in Miami DesignDestinations:see blog post:) I didn’t see Wynwood Walls in the early days but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was a bit like project in Chicago. It will be interesting to see how this develops.

Murals on the walls near Columbia College in Chicago
Wabash Big Walls project in Chicago

 

Chicago, Wabash area
Wabash Big Walls, Chicago, against sky line

 

Wabash Walls project
Love the murals in the Wabash area of Chicago

 

Wabash Walls, Chicago
Wabash Big Walls, Chicago

Millennium Park, Chicago

Going to a concert at the Millennium Park was especially memorable. I heard the orchestra practice early in the day briefly and then we went back at night for the real deal. I’ve been fascinated with the Gehry designed pavilion for years and always wanted to sit in the audience and see what it “felt and sounded” like. At first I was disappointed. Sitting in my red seat I looked up at the twisting metal swirls as the music started. It felt jumbled and disorganized, but then as the day slid into darkness, the glowing light and reflections captivated me. Stunning.

The music, while really lovely, was secondary as I savored the developing light show.

Frank Gehry
Frank Gehry Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago
Frank Gehry designed Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago
Frank Gehry designed Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago
Frank Gehry
Frank Gehry design Pavillon in Millennium Park, Chicago
Millennium Park, Chicago
Frank Gehry designed Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago

New Discoveries

As usual I enjoy the shops and discovering new places to eat. Two most interesting to me were the windows at P.O.S.H.—a charming little French store not far from Nordstroms and Eataly. (To learn more about P.O.S.H. visit this blog post: P.O.S. H. A little Bit of Paris in Chicago.  The new restaurant discovery: a Peruvian eatery in River North called Tanta. We hung out on the roof top terrace for a while enjoying a yummy potato dish called Causitas. I’ll go back for more.

Tanta in Chicago
Tanta in CHicago
Tanta Terrace in Chicago
Tanta Terrace in Chicago
P.O.S.H Chicago
P.O.S.H Chicago
P.O.S.H. in Chicago
Windows at P.O.S.H.

And to end this blog post, some images from the ever changing water towers in Millennium Park. Always something new to see.  I enjoyed seeing the children playing in the water.

Water Towers in Millennium Park, Chicago
Water Towers in Millennium Park, Chicago
Water Towers in Millennium Park, Chicago
Water Towers in Millennium Park, Chicago
Water Towers in Millennium Park, Chicago
Water Towers in Millennium Park, Chicago

Please feel free to add your Chicago discoveries in the comment section below.  I’d love to have suggestions for where to go next visit to the Windy City.

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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.

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  1. posted by
    AJ
    Sep 14, 2016 Reply

    Just another Test

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