Trip to Chicago

A few weeks ago, Isaac and his school band went to Chicago to play a special performance in the Chicago’s Symphony Center.  We drove separately as we didn’t want to ride the bus and he didn’t want us tagging along separately.  So, we made a family-1 affair of it and had a lot of fun touring around Chicago seeing the sites and having a great time!

At Willis Tower
At Willis Tower

At Willis Tower

At Willis Tower

We did stay in the same hotel as the band…The Palmer House Hilton in downtown, right near Millennium Park.  The hotel is listed as an historical landmark and I can see why…it is a beautiful hotel and well worth the experience!  I loved being able to step outside and see the “L” pass by.  We could walk to almost everything.  I especially love that part.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza!
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza!

We had Chicago deep-dish pizza the first night at Giordano’s.  I typically do not like deep-dish as all of the bread wears me out but it was a cool ambiance and the flavor was really great!  I especially loved to start off with a Chicago staple as well!  I know Jon Stewart gave Trump a hard time about eating New York pizza with a fork, but with deep-dish, we had no choice!

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Abigail, Emily’s parents and I braved the Sky Deck in the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower).  The Sky Deck is a set of glass push-outs near the top of the building where visitors can step out into what seems like thin air at 1353 feet up!  It was really neat to do and the views were simply amazing.  To me, the Sky Deck was so high up that it didn’t feel like a scary thing at all.  It was sort of like flying in a plane…I think 100 feet would have been more scary.  Anyhow, it was worth the trip.  We bought a City Pass there which gave access to a lot of the cool exhibits throughout the city and saved us a lot of money.

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We walked around in the cool air a number of days and nights and saw Calder’s Flamingo, Cloud Gate (aka the “Bean”), and the Chicago Board of Trade.  Really, Chicago is a fantastic city to visit.  We took in the Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.  There is just so much in Chicago and it is a shame we didn’t have  a lot more time to really take in more of the city.  We spent some time seeing Van Gogh’s work in the Art Institute but that was only the tip of the ice berg of the famous works that are housed there.  We saw American Gothic and Nighthawks and A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.  We saw Monets and Picassos and works of the ancients.  It is truly a remarkable collection which I would like to further explore.

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Finally, we did get a chance to actually lay eyes on Isaac and his his fantastic band play fantastic pieces in a fantastic hall!  I think they were all so very proud to play and their love of music was quite evident!  I so enjoy seeing Isaac and everyone in the band in tuxeudos / formal dresses and I am very proud of the hard work that led them to be able to play at this venue.

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Even though it snowed while we were in Chicago, it was a marvelous trip and one I would love to repeat!

 

4 thoughts on “Trip to Chicago

  1. Maybe on a future trip you can make it to see “the Ghost and the Darkness” on display in the Field Museum. And maybe Tommy Gun’s Garage for some wild entertainment.

  2. A few thoughts. I will never be able to think of it as anything but the Sear Tower. Every time I’ve eaten at Giordonos, the homeless have been particularly aggressive in seeing if we will give them the leftovers that we are taking back to the motel for breakfast in the morning. I wish they would pack them in plain plastic bags. Finally, I’ve been all over the city and I’ve never seen the terracotta soldiers. I’m guessing those two are replicas along a poster covered wall at Fields?

  3. The terracotta soldiers are on special display at the Field museum…and for extra money, you can go see them. I kept calling it Sears tower also even though I hadn’t been there before…kinda weird to have it stuck in my head

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