I’m always trying to find new things to do when we visit Chicago, so when we were up there last month, I decided we should visit the Chicago Cultural Center, located at 78 East Washington Street (which is also the corner of Washington and North Michigan Avenue):
It was built in the late 1800s as the city’s central library. That fact is still rather obvious:
The architecture of the building is fantastic, but what it is probably most known for are the two stunning Tiffany glass domes:
There are so many other fantastic details, including mosaics, lamps, and beautiful quotes everywhere:
I’m so glad we finally had a chance to walk through this beautiful and historic building!
Last Thursday was one of my favorite days of any trip up north…the day we took the Metra into the city of Chicago!
Those first moments in downtown Chicago are always a thrill for me!
Our big activity this year was going to the Sears Tower Skydeck. (Yes, I hear some people are calling it the Willis Tower these days, but it will always be “Sears” to me!) Not only were we thrilled with the views from all four sides of the Skydeck, we also walked out onto the “Ledge” for an even more amazing, and slightly terrifying, view!
After we had our fill of Chicago views, we made our way to Buckingham Fountain, where we had lunch, and a nice lady offered to take a picture of the six of us:
We then started walking toward Millennium Park, and found this cool dog along the way. I think he’s a companion to the dog we saw on the Wendella dock last year!
Bunny was thrilled to have an opportunity to feed some pigeons:
And we took some pictures at The Bean, as has become our tradition:
We then walked across Michigan Avenue to the Chicago Cultural Center, which used to be the central library in the city, and is home to beautiful mosaics and Tiffany glass domes:
Outside of the Cultural Center, we stopped to see the Bronze Cow statue, a gift to Chicago to commemorate the 1999 Cows on Parade display:
We of course had to stop at Marshall Field’s of Blessed Memory for a box of Frango mints:
And then back to Ogilvie Transportation Center to catch a train back to Geneva. We even found seats on the second floor!
After dinner in the hotel room, we indulged in the chocolate torte cake that I mentioned yesterday. It was as good as I remembered, and the children loved it!
After we spent a little more time relaxing, we headed to the outdoor pool, and stayed in the water as the stars came out. It was a lovely evening for a swim!
Back in the room, we watched a little more Food Network, but not a lot, because we were all exhausted from our busy day, and knew there was more fun to come!