Friday, July 6, 2012

Our big city adventure - Chicago

We've been wanting to take the kids to Chicago for a while now.  The lake, the food, the walking, the friends, the place where Music Man and I met, the museums, the El train, the parks.  We wanted to share this great city with them.

With our recent city tour of our state's capital, and last year's city bus fun, and our Detroit excursions, we were confident we were ready for a big city adventure in Chicago.

A word web can make anything seem manageable. We wrote down events, people, feelings that we might encounter on our trip.

And it couldn't have been better!

We took the Amtrak train to Chicago's Union Station.

A dear friend had agreed to host us, so from there we took the subway up to his neighborhood.

After a hearty snack, we walked to the lake and ran off some energy.

Music Man joined us from his class in Iowa, and the rest of the weekend held a mini college reunion at the Lincoln Park Zoo;

not one, but two trips to Crown Fountain and the Bean in Millennium Park;

a visit to the Art Institute;

a backyard BBQ with old friends;

several trips on city buses;

and lots and lots of walking.

The city left its mark on us, and we left a mark on the city. 

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