We’re almost at the end of the 12 days of blogging that coincides with Christmastide (the twelve days of Christmas. Today we’re travelling to sunny CHICAGO! We visited this past June to see Ken’s family and because WestJet had a really good seatsale.
Chicago is situated along Lake Michigan and we had some amazing summer weather!
There was so much to see. Grant Park is an enormous public park full of art installations. Millennium Park is a part of Grant Park and includes “Cloud Gate” by artist Anish Kapoor – better known “The Bean”. It’s fun to look at and watch everyone else look at it too! And very fun to photograph.
Crown Fountain is also located in Millennium Park. It is an interactive art and video sculpture that opened in 2004.
The Amphitheatre is located in Millennium Park as well.
Buckingham Fountain in the centre of Grant Park is the one of the largest fountains in the world. It was dedicated in 1927.
The Art Institute of Chicago is located in Grant Park as well. It’s huge… we ran out of time when we arrived in the Photography collection, but I was able to view some historic original photos!
Such a magnificent park!
I learned so much about the amazing architecture from the Boat Tour put on by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. I loved going under the many bridges over the Chicago River and watching them open up for taller boats.
The Willis Tower (above, far right) was the tallest skyscraper in the world when it was completed in 1973. The top floor is the Skydeck with Ledges that allow you to stand ‘outside’ of the building.
It seems Chicago is a bit of a architects play-land. So many stories and interesting buildings.
The Water Tower was built in 1869 and was one of the few buildings that survived the Chicago Fire in 1871.
We rode the Chicago “L” (elevated train) around the city. Some of the platforms were made of wood and felt a little rickety! Each route had a different colour assigned to it. Fun times.
We took the “L” to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs play and toured the stadium first.
Chicago was a great city to visit – so much to do and see! I’d love to go back sometime.
And try the Deep Dish again…
All images ©Marlis Funk 2012.
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We’re almost at the end of the 12 days of blogging! Catch up here:
Day 01: Family.
Day 02: Rockstar Friends
Day 03: Family Portraits
Day 04: Soma Studio Headshots
Day 05: Published!
Day 06: In Love Portraits
Day 07: Photographer as Subject
Day 08: Celebrating the First – Mila’s Party
Day 09: TWUC Writer Profiles
Day 10: Mariachi at the Wedding!