On the last day of our trip, we were trying to decide what to do. We looked at the map and realized we were only 3 hours from Chicago. We could be there by lunchtime if we got up and hit the road.
The drive to Chicago was lovely, giant white windmills lined the highway and pretty soon we were coasting onto the toll roads near Gary that led into the city. Seeing the skyline of a big city for the first time is always so exciting. Even though you are still miles away, you just want to hurry up and get there.
I haven't driven in very many BIG cities so I was nervous about parking and one way streets. We found a parking garage near Michigan avenue. I was so excited to get out on the sidewalk, that I almost left the car headlights on. Luckily we noticed that they were on and we double checked that the doors were locked.
We grabbed our jackets (a storm was brewing) and headed out into the big city. The atmosphere on Michigan avenue in the middle of a work day is so fun, it was crowded with young professionals wearing business suits on their lunch breaks mixed with tourists and young mothers pushing strollers. We wandered past cafes with patio seating, lined with window boxes brimming with colorful summer blooms. The city traffic, crowded crosswalks, and big name shopping stores lured us on foot to explore as far as we could.
The first stop was the Museum of Contemporary Art, where we took in the colorful world of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. The virtual digital garden of his artwork was a stark contrast to the concrete jungle from which we had just emerged.
Finally, hunger drove us across the river to Lou Malnati's deep dish pizzeria. We were sat at two comfy chairs near a big picture window. We watched as the wind picked up and sent construction workers diving for safety from the rain. People hurried by with newspapers over their heads, peering at the sky, seeing patches of sunlight nearby as the rain pelted their t-shirts, soaking their shoes. The storm was on its way and patchy on the radar. The first taste of was to come.....
The pizza was comforting and cheesy. The salad was crisp and flavorful. We wanted to explore more of the city.
We took an Uber north to Wrigleyville to see the home of the Cubs. Miss Bever is a huge STL Cardinals fan and she was wearing some Cardinal gear and wanted to check out Wrigley Stadium. We wandered around the nearly empty streets, most people were smart enough to seek shelter or at least go under ground before the real storm hit.
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