Markel Family Winter Weekend Getaway–Day Three

The final day of our weekend getaway was fairly low-key. We started with a trip to the Jewel to (finally) buy an I-Pass to make driving on the Chicagoland tollways a bit easier…and then proceeded not to need it at all on the way home. Oh well…at least it will be ready when we go back up in May!

We had planned to walk around the Chicago Botanic Garden on the way home, but wind chills in the single digits made that a less than appealing prospect. So instead, we stopped by the Chicago Baháʼí Temple to marvel at its architecture:

We also drove through the city, just so we could see the skyscrapers:

Of course we had to stop for a moment so I could walk along Lake Michigan. Have you ever walked on frozen sand before? It’s a weird sensation!

And, as always, we stopped for lunch at Portillo’s, where I had my favorite, the Italian beef (dipped, of course!):

So that ends another road-trip wrap-up. It was a pretty short trip compared to what we’re used to, and we didn’t get to do everything I had planned, but it was still a fun getaway!

Skydeck Ledge

I could talk all day about the amazing views from the 103rd floor of the Sears (Willis?) Tower. Being able to look out over Chicago and Lake Michigan and the suburbs beyond is an unbelievable experience.

But today I especially want to focus on the experience of stepping out on The Ledge, something I hadn’t done before our trip north in May. If you look way, way up, at the very top of the photo, you can see the tiny glass boxes “hanging off” the building:

My brain knows that this experience is safe. But there is something unbelievably disconcerting about stepping out onto a glass floor when you’re 1,353 feet in the air. Looking down and seeing the tops of other tall buildings beneath you is incredible, and a little scary, if you’re afraid of heights, and yet it’s also exhilarating!

This was the number one experience I wanted to share with the Fab Five during our time in Chicago this spring, and I’m so glad we had such a beautiful, clear day to look out over the city!

James M. Nederlander Theatre

The Chicago Theatre sign may be the most iconic in the Windy City, but there are other cool theaters in Chicago with photo-worthy signs, like the James M. Nederlander Theatre. Actually, until recently, this was the famous Oriental Theatre, so while this may not be a true vintage sign, it is an homage to the original!

Chicago Theatre

Is there anything more iconic than the Chicago Theatre sign?!? It’s a little different from the road signs I usually share (at the least, it’s way fancier, and certainly more famous!), but it’s definitely vintage!

Hot Dog

On National Hot Dog Day, it seems appropriate to share some photos of this “K-9s for Cops” dog we say in Chicago in May. He’s not the first of the public art display we’ve run across, but he was our favorite, because he sits outside a Chicago-style hot dog stand and is covered in hot dog art. Please note: There is no ketchup here, as it should be!

Rainbow Cone

One more sign from our drive through Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, and it’s the only one from a business we’ve actually patronized! The sign on the back of Rainbow Cone is small-ish, but it’s colorful, and as far as I know, fairly vintage. Plus, Rainbow Cone!

The Original Pancake House: Beverly

The sign at The Original Pancake House in the Beverly neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago might not be as bright and bold as some of its neighbors down the street, but it still has a great vintage shape and fun illustration!

Mr. Submarine

I have some vague memories of Mr. Submarine from my childhood, so I was very excited to see this sign when we were driving through the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago in May!

Janson’s Drive-In

Here’s another great road sign from our trip to Chicago in May:

And a bonus photo of one of their great menu boards:

Maybe someday (next year, perhaps?), we’ll stop and have a meal there!

Fox’s Beverly

This has been a good summer for photographing vintage road signs, and the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago was an especially good location to find a bunch of them, starting with Fox’s Pizza: