Chicago, May 2015

Denise and I explore America's Second City.

Map of Chicago and our adventures.

Click on the map above to see a larger version.  (Google Maps)

We spent eight days exploring Chicago, focusing mainly on its magnificent museums and architecture.  We visited the Chicago Art Institute, the Field Museum (twice), the Shedd Aquarium (though I took no pictures there), and would have loved to have gone to the Chicago History Museum, but we ran out of time.  We took three guided tours through the Chicago Architecture Foundation:  the Must-See Architecture Tour, the River Cruise Tour, and the Historic Skyscrapers Tour, all of which we can highly recommend, and we took a guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's home in Oak Park and a self-guided tour of several of the homes he designed in the surrounding neighborhood.

We also caught up with an old friend in Oak Park who kindly played tour guide, and met for the first time a 2nd cousin of Denise's who joined us for the Must-See Architecture Tour and showed us some of her favorite sites downtown where she once worked.

On this trip we tryed airbnb to reduce costs: we rented a condominium rather than staying at a hotel which allowed us to prepare meals and do laundry at home.  Our condominium was in the Near South Side about two miles south of the center of the Loop and a mile from the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium, reasonable walking distances.  And when we couldn't or wouldn't walk there was always excellent public transportation or Uber, so we didn't have the hassle of a rental car.

We had a great visit in Chicago despite the crazy spring weather that varied from 82 degrees and humid to 50 degrees and dry, from mild and clear to rain.  It was all a great adventure.

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