Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Windy City

The annual National Conference of State Legislatures was held in one of my favorite American cities this summer, Chicago. It was a brief but fun visit to The Windy City.

The view from our room at the Hyatt McCormick Place
(Convention Center)

In this direction Navy Pier was visible in the background.

Several years ago, while in Chicago, I took the Architecture Foundation River Cruise.
The tour lasts about 90 minutes and has a guide with information about the buildings and architects.
I decided to go again and asked a friend to join me for the morning boat ride.

Join me for a look at Chicago from the river.

I want to live here!

Trump Tower

Navy Pier

Following the architectural river tour my friend Sonja and I decided to walk to the Art Institute of Chicago.
We enjoyed a salad for lunch in a restaurant along the way.
We stopped at Millennium Park to photograph Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor.

 Here I am in front of Cloud Gate.
You can see the reflection of my back as well as Sonja taking the photograph in the lime green.

Under Cloud Gate

Also in Millennium Park is The Crown Fountain.

Water pours over the large rectangular structures.

Beautiful, functional public art!

The Art Institute of Chicago

American Gothic - Grant Wood 1930

Georgia O'Keefe - One of my favorite artists.

Sonja and I enjoyed the special Roy Lichenstein exhibit.
I regret that I didn't photograph any of his work for the blog.

I "experienced" lunch at the Billy Goat Tavern.
 "Cheezborger, cheezborger, cheezborger. No Pepsi. Coke"?
(John Belushi on Saturday Night Live)
Well, this is the place located on the underground Michigan Avenue.

 This is the order taker who calls out "Cheezborger, double".

Salpicon was the restaurant for dinner our first night in Chicago.
This turned out to be a memorable evening with a fun group and probably the best Mexican food I have ever eaten! The service was excellent.
I started with a spinach salad with goat cheese, toasted sesame seeds, caramelized red onions with chipotle-honey dressing. I guess I was too busy enjoying the salad and failed to photograph it!

 Did I mention the margaritas? Awesome.
Above is the grilled shrimp marinated in orange juice and chilies, with frijoles, avocado, plantains and herbed rice. My mouth waters just thinking about it.

And finally the sorbet with tequila and hot peppers.
I think it was lemon. Did I mention the margaritas?
I managed the first two scoops but had to leave the third scoop because my mouth was on fire.

This was Jim's dessert.

Dinner one night was at the Signature Room at the 95th located in the John Hancock Building on the 95th floor. The view was wonderful and the food was a definite "Ten". 


Walleye with squash and peas

Another view from the 95th

A lady in the elevator told me the best view is from the women's power room.
She was right.

Even though my visit was brief I enjoyed every minute in Chicago!

 I spent time with old friends ...

and even made a new friend.

♥andPeace, Myra

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