1.14.2011

Far from home - part 2

I thought since A Paperback Writer and dennisthemennis commented about the Navy Pier
photo, I'd elaborate a little more on Chicago.


First, let me say that even though I now live in the Midwest, and have most I my life, I was not born here. Sometime during my 3rd year of life  my family moved from the West to the Midwest, around St Louis, Mo. Probably, when I was around 5 years old we moved to Chicago. We lived in a 4 room apartment on the Northwest side of the city, near Fullerton and Tripp.


 Right before I was to enter the 5th grade, my family moved to the "Suburbs", some 30 miles West of Chicago. Over the span of about 33 years, I lived in that area. When I was young we would go into Chicago to visit my Grandparents, but I never really remember going Downtown. When I was a young adult, I remember a couple of times going to place like The Goodman Theater,  The Lincoln Park Zoo, and The Museum of Science and Industry. BUT ... for the most part, we stayed away from Downtown, Chicago.


Chicago can be overwhelming (as I'm sure any "Big City" can be). Chicago can be scary (not that you want to think about it, but  Chicago has a high homeless population. Although, I must interject that the only city that I have ever locked my car doors because of the homeless is San Diego, Ca.).BUT ... most of all I HATE, hate, hate ... YES ... HATE Chicago's traffic. The plus side is ... I believe ... if you can drive in Chicago ... you can probably drive anywhere in the world.

So, now that I have panicked you  into never wanting to visit Chicago ... let me encourage you.

For the past 7 years I have lived approx. 125 miles or 201.168 km from Chicago and I go there more than when I lived in Illinois. You can stay outside the City and take a train in. On the week-ends you can ride back and forth, 2 times, for $7.00, children under 13 are free. The train takes you right down to the heart of the City, walking distance from the Lake, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, John G. Shedd Aquarium and many other cool places to see. The Navy Pier area has free trolly's and if you need to ride the bus or the EL (downtown train system) you can get a $7.00 day pass.

Here are a few things you might see :


Lake Michigan from the South end of the city.


There are all sorts of "cool" water features for kids to play in.


 Lake Michigan on the North end, in August during the Air Show.




The "Bean" in Millennium Park. 

Navy Pier

Street performers. These guys are playing 5 gallon buckets and are pretty good.
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 Crowds

Chicago River

The Stone-Smurfit Building. This is my favorite building. I always have to take a photo of it.
This building's history includes being in the movie "Adventures in Babysitting"
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6 comments:

Gilly's Camera said...

am Really liking that bean.......!

Karen S. said...

Oh I love your post! Chicago is my kind of town...I love everything about it, (my header on my blog is from there, bet you know the place too) your pictures were stunning, and so very close to my heart! Thanks! BTW I think the people of and from Chicago make that town too!

ChrisJ said...

I like the bean too. But Oh city living is not for me! What I'd really like is Southern California weather and North Wales -- or the Yorkshire wolds. Too bad you can't have both!

Pamela said...

yes to the bean.. no to the fountain from the grin. Ewww.. ha ha

Allyson Pecilunas said...

It looks like you guys had a fun time in Chicago! I have been there a few times but in the dead of winter and it was too freezing to get out and do something. Thank you so much for sweet comment on my blog and becoming a follower I am now your newest follower.

~Allyson~

PastorMac's Ann said...

Got to Chicago a couple of summers ago and missed all this cool stuff. What a terrific group of photos and places. Someday I'd like to go back and really enjoy the city. Thanks for taking me, far from home.