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Chicago Scenes

Chicago River
Chicago River

Chicago is one of those cities I can return to again and again.  And do.  Always something new.  Always something interesting.  High Energy.  Scenes of the lake.  Activity Galore.

A recent trip was no disappointment.  Fun and lively from start to finish.  Here’s some snippets of what I saw and did.

First, take a look at  the lobby of this hotel–the Langham Hotel.  Built in a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe classic, it dazzles and delights.  I love the multi glass sculptures hanging from the ceiling.  Some seemed to swirl and sway.  We were told “ghosts” were in residence and making their presence known.

Ceiling detail of Langham Hotel, Chicago
Ceiling detail of Langham Hotel, Chicago
Lobby Langham hotel
Ceiling of Langham Hotel, Chicago
Glass sculpture, Langham Hotel, Chicago
Glass sculpture, Langham Hotel Chicago

Don’t you just love this car parked outside the hotel?  At first I thought that it might be in honor of Breast Cancer month.  But, no, the Langham’s signature color is pink.  It hangs out here year round.

Langham Hotel Chicago
Signature of Langham Hotel

No trip to Chicago is complete with out a little retail therapy.  I loved the vibrant color of this coat in Nordstroms, contemplated purchasing an American Girl doll for a special young lady  in my life and discovered a new retail venture–shirts designed to hang out.  Great idea guys.

Coat on display at Nordstroms
Coat at Nordstroms

 

Untuckit
Untuckit
UNTUCKit
UNTUCKit
UNTUCKit
UNTUCKit

We happened to be in the Windy City the weekend of the World Series.  Go Cubs.  Lots of fans and signs of support every where.

Go Cubs
Go Cubs
Go Cubs
Go Cubs
Go Cubs
Go Cubs
Go Cubs
Go Cubs

We were fortunate to have snagged tickets for Hamilton.  Great performance.  Worth it.  Word to the wise: bone up on the story before hand.  The pace is fast and fun.   You’ll enjoy it more if you know what is going on.  And you’ll be humming the tunes for days to come.

Hamilton
Hamilton
Hamilton
Hamilton Stage before the song and dance exploded

These locks made me smile.  I’ve seen them in Cinque Terre, Paris and Rome.  People attach a lock to a bridge, profess their love and throw away the key.  Looks like the trend is starting in Chi-town for those so romantically inclined.

Locks for Love
A global trend

I never tire of looking at Table Top displays.  Ideal decor for upcoming holidays is such fun to dream about.  Reality will probably be different but fun to see.

Table Top Holiday Design in Chicago
Table Top Holiday Design in Chicago

I never tire of scenes of the city especially when the light shines low and slanted.  Here’s a few images that caught my camera lens.

Chicago reflections
Chicago reflections
Chicago Reflections
Chicago Reflections
Chicago architecture
Chicago architecture
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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.

Comments

6 Comments
  1. posted by
    Margaret Idema
    Nov 6, 2016 Reply

    You do have an eye for fun photos…love all the glass in the ceiling of your Chicago hotel! And ghosts making them move? All the more fun.

    • posted by
      smithsj
      Nov 6, 2016 Reply

      Thanks Margaret, I love the idea of the Langham ghost moving the glass pieces. That building has a lot of history so could be true.

  2. posted by
    Aj
    Nov 6, 2016 Reply

    Test

  3. posted by
    Peggy DePersia
    Nov 7, 2016 Reply

    Your wonderful zoomed in photo of the multi glass sculptures makes them look delicious, almost as if they could be sipped.

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Nov 7, 2016 Reply

      Thanks for the comment, Peggy. I loved the glass sculptures in the Langham. They serve a high tea there in the afternoons with harpist on the weekend. It’s on my list to do the next trip to Chicago. I’ll be looking up at the ceiling. The sculptures are beautiful.

  4. posted by
    Kathy
    Nov 7, 2016 Reply

    Great scenes from Chicago! I am going to pass on the message that it is ok to untuck it (his shirt that is)! So pleased you were able to see Hamilton and feel the energy of those miraculous Cubs!!!

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