Chicagoland

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We spent today in the city of Chicago doing touristy stuff. Melanie drove us to Midway Airport, where we took the Orange Line in to the city. We took an Art Deco architecture walking tour, run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. There are some really amazing Art Deco buildings in Chicago, and our docent gave a great tour of the outsides and insides of buildings around the downtown area. After the tour, we had lunch at Giordano’s – traditional stuffed pizza pies. Very tasty. For you Vineyard folks, they’re not related to that Giordano’s. After lunch we walked around Millenium Park, an incredible combination of landscape design and modern architecture. From there, we walked quite a few blocks to visit the Sears Tower Skydeck. I’d been up to the top many years ago, but it was impressive once again to look out from the tallest building in the United States, and one of the three tallest buildings in the world. After the Sears Tower, we made a quick trip to Michigan Avenue to visit some stores. Namely, the American Girl Place, a must-see for any fan of the American Girl series, and the Apple Store at North Michigan Avenue, a must-see for any fan of Apple computers. Finally, we visited the original Marshall Field’s at State Street, the flagship store, and just one of the many sad casualties of the Federated-May Company department store merger.

For photos of our long but very fun day, head over to the gallery.

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