"Down here at Cape Spartel is the celebrated cave of Hercules, where the hero took refuge when he was vanquished and driven out of the Tangier country. It is full of inscriptions in the dead languages, which fact makes me think Hercules could not have traveled much, else he would not have kept a journal."

-"The Innocents Abroad," Mark Twain

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Trip to the Windy City

This past weekend, I had the privilege of accompanying my dad on his business trip to Chicago. The first day he was not required to be there and was mainly to visit one of the city’s several universities, which I left with a good impression of. We flew in, arriving about 7:45AM local time, before dropping our luggage off at the hotel and heading to the campus. After touring it, we went to a tiny burger joint on the corner and had lunch before actually checking in to our hotel. Later we went to the Art Institute, where we saw this exhibit, among others, which did a good job of making fun of art that is typically taken a bit more seriously: 

DAY 2, I was on my own to explore! I spent many hours walking around Millennium Park, home to the famous Cloud Gate or “the Bean;” Navy Pier, which has the country’s only museum dedicated entirely to stained glass; the Cultural Center, which also has a huge Tiffany dome; and the now-called Willis (instead of Sears) Tower, which I did not actually go up.

DAY 3, I went on a tour of two of the city’s theaters, the Oriental Ford Theater and the Bank of America Theater (which has had many other names that were much better). For lunch and a bit of shopping, I took the train over to Chinatown, where I did not take any pictures… and managed to make a fool of myself while eating. If you see me, feel free to ask, but I am not about to write it out for the world. In the evening, I relaxed due to the fact that I had killed my feet. Afterwards I took my dad to Millennium Park so that he could see a bit more before we left the next morning. And for dinner – we had a Chicago pizza [pie]!

Have a good first day of school!
mary beth

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