On to Chicago.
Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:
I've always loved that poem. I read it years and years ago, when I was just a kid, and ever since I always want to shout out HOG BUTCHER TO THE WORLD! whenever someone mentions the place. Although that also makes me think of The Jungle and then I have to curl up in a dark corner and think of vegetables and green fields.
We got off the train on Monday afternoon and spent three days wandering around and having a great time.
To the List!
2.) But also very helpful and friendly dummies. People were offering to help us with direction every few yards. It’s that Midwestern charm you hear about.
3.) The heat created a weird steamy fog over Lake Michigan that was so thick I didn’t actually get a good look at the thing until our 3rd day there. I was skeptical that it even existed. Here's my view of the "lake" from the Ferris wheel
We took an architecture boat cruise up the river, starting in the steamy fog and doubting that we would be able to see anything, but when we got through the lock the sun was out and we got to see all sorts of cool buildings and wave to people on the bridges above. You know how much I love to wave at people from boats and trains. It makes me feel like I'm in a parade.
4.) Did you know the first Ferris wheel was created in Chicago? And that it held 2400 people? And it took an hour to make a full rotation? I did know, so I was excited to ride the one they have at Navy Pier, even if the visibility was no farther than your toes.
5.) Maybe I’ll be stoned for saying this but I wasn’t all that impressed with the deep dish pizza. I mean, it was delicious, but I don’t think it lived up to the hype. Give me a normal depth pizza anytime.
6.) The popcorn though. They sell this stuff called Garrett’s popcorn and I plan on stuffing my coffin with it when I die.
|In about 5 minutes that kid on the fountain will spit water out of his mouth. The frolicking that went on there was adorable.|
|This is the Carbonite and Carbon building. In a city full of great buildings this one was my favorite.|
|There was a lovely stained glass museum at Navy Pier. It was free and air conditioned which made it a winner.|
|The lake finally confirmed it's existence.|