My husband and I went to Chicago recently. It was one of those, “Lets get the heck out of Dodge for a few days” trips, and since it’s only a few hours drive, its easy for us to do on a long weekend.
I’ve been to Chicago a few times before, but he’s from there so I’ve been there to visit family & friends, but I never really got to see the sights. Not until this trip, I insisted.
In fact, we stayed downtown, within walking distance of Navy Pier and other attractions.
Oh it may not look like a whole lot from the outside, but they have some awesome beef sandwiches. They heap on the beef and let me tell you, its delicious. So delicious that we stopped here first….before the hotel!
But beyond the food, the city is beautiful.
I’ll be honest, I’m not a ‘city’ girl. I’m a suburbia girl who wishes she lived on some acreage, a country girl at heart. I tend to feel a bit clausterphobic in the city if I’m there for long but I do LOVE to visit. The city has so much to see, tall buildings, people from everywhere, cars, taxi’s, tour buses and chaos.
The buildings. They are a mix of the old and the new, all jumbled together like a tapestry of glass, steel and stone. I have to say that the old buildings are my favorite, so much more character than the new. The new buildings in their tens’ of stories of glass & steel are a sight to see, but its the old buildings made of brick, of mortar and with so much beauty, history, style & detail that I love.
On some, ivy crawls across the cold, hard stone, giving the illusion of warmth.
There is history inside and outside of buildings like this. Men who constructed these buildings with their hands and sweat, without many of the tools we have today. People for centuries have gazed upon the very same buildings admiring the architecture and beauty.
We walked to Navy Pier, after meandering & shopping & taking it all in, we sat by a window in a restaraunt just inside Navy Pier. It was a hot, sunny day and I wanted a bite to eat & a glass of cold water. As I watched, I saw people, young and old, big & little, and the expressions on their faces as they walked onto the pier. I watched as couples walked hand in hand enjoying the sun and the sights. I watched moms and dads bring their children and point up at the ferris wheel with wonderment and awe. I could tell the first time visitors with that look on their face that said they had been looking forward to coming here for a while, & now, here they were.
We all watch t.v. and read our books and blogs, but I recommend you get out and watch life…watch it unfold right in front of you.