Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Marissa here:  I recently returned from a four day excursion to Chicago.  It’s a wonderful place with clean streets, beautiful parks, public art, and impressive architecture.  It also offers other things that I love like delicious food (hello Rick Bayliss, hot dogs, and deep dish pizza), Goose Island IPA (best IPA I have had in a while), and baseball.  Yes, I had the chance to be at Wrigley’s when Roy Halladay succumbed to the heat.  SAD!  There were many architectural highlights including Frank Lloyd Wright’s old stomping ground of Oak Park, the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s boat tour, Willis Tower Skydeck, the Rookery, and Carson Pirie Scott.  Although I would have to say that some of the most memorable things to me were the attention to detail and beauty and the city's wonderful parks.  The Art Institute of Chicago featured a hallway of architectural drawings all ink on linen from the late 1890s that were beyond beautiful.  The Chicago Cultural (top picture) center features the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome and gorgeous mosaics.  The bottom picture is the beautiful Lurie Garden with Renzo Piano's Modern Wing of the AIC beyond. 

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