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Chicago 2012 – Day Two, part one

I was supposed to post this a loooong while back but I got lazy. Haha. I know. You can read all about our first day, Friday, here.

But I’ve been watching this show, My Boys, which is based in Chicago and it reminded me about our visit. So I thought that I should probably get on it and get this posted for you to read all about. =)

And if you have Netflix, check it out.

We started out by hopping on the L.

I think we got on at Belmont.  We rode the L all the way down to the Loop and then got off at State Street.
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We walked towards the Art Institute of Chicago and admired it from the outside.  (We had more important things to see and places to be.)

We went to see Buckingham Fountain which is the fountain in the opening of Married… with Children.  While we sat for a few minutes we saw two segway tours.  One of tours had all their participants wearing orange reflection jackets.  The other one, no jackets.

About every 10 minutes or so the fountain  has a water show that lasts a few minutes.  It’s pretty entertaining.  Once, I think, when the water was shot up into the air it hit a bird that was flying over.  Haha.
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We walked (and smelled our way) through the rose bushes that are behind the Art Institute towards Grant Park.  Along the way we walked on the BP Pedestrian Bridge.

The bridge looks like the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  And it’s because it was designed by the same person.

It is named for the energy firm, BP, which donated $5 million towards its construction.
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Across the bridge we walked past the Grant Park Music Festival and into “The Bean” territory.

“The Bean”, which is actually named Cloud Gate, was built between 2004 and 2006 and is nicknamed the bean because of its bean-like shape.

Did you know:

  • it is made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together
  • its highly polished exterior has no visible seams
  • it is said to have been inspired by liquid mercury
  • its underside, the omphalos (Greek for navel), is a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections

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Picture #1
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Picture 2
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Picture 3 – Love the skyline in the bean!
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Picture #4 – And here is the underside of the bean.  Look at all those warps and reflections!
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I didn’t get a picture of it but after “The Bean” we went down the stairs to Crown Fountain aka Face Fountain.

Time was go by quickly and we needed to get something to eat.  We had a choice between popcorn and frozen custard.  OF COURSE we went for frozen custard!!!
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The walls had this super cute design all over.
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We walked and ate our way over to this mural.  Becky said that it was one of her favorites.  It is Four Seasons by Chagall.

It is made up of all these small tiles.  When we stepped back it looked like it was colored with crayon.
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Just a random shot of the “L”.
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There was a Memorial Day parade going on that day.  So it was a bit more crowded than usual.

We walked by the Chicago Theater.

Did you know…

  • it was originally known as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre
  • it was built in 1921 as the flagship for the Balaban and Katz group of theaters
  • the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 6, 1979
  • it was listed as a Chicago Landmark on January 28, 1983

I didn’t realize how “famous” it is but I had recognized it from somewhere so I snapped a photo of it.
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Crossing the Chicago River.
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This isn’t the greatest photo in the world.  In fact I would say it is the most horrible photo in the world.  Because what I was trying to capture was so far away and so little in comparison to the giant that is right next to it.

If the picture is big enough you can see that what I have in focus is this small building at the bottom right.  It is the Chicago Tribune building.
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When we finally got up to the building we saw that within the buildings exterior were pieces of other buildings from all over the world.  I only took a few photos so there’s not much for you to see.

But this is from the Colongne Cathedral in Germany.

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And here is the Parthenon, Cologne Cathedral-again, and the Santa Lucia Barracks in Manila.
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We stopped at and got some Garrett popcorn.  Mmmm…!!!

According to their website, the only places they have stores are Chicago, Las Vegas, and New York.  As well as their international stores in Dubai, Malaysia, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.
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Before heading up the Hancock Building, we stopped for some food at WOW BAO.

Their drink machine looked mighty different from most drink machines so I snapped a photo.
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If you’re ever near a WOW BAO, you should definitely try it out.
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Well, now that we’re about halfway through Day Two’s pictures let’s stop and take a break.  I’ll post part two {hopefully} in a few days.  Until then…..

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