The Chicago river divides the city but also provides an opportunity for viewing it as well. Tours as well as a Water Taxi service provide a means for getting around and also viewing Chicago from a unique perspective.
|The Chicago River|
|Water Taxi on the Chicago River|
The waterfront area in Chicago has plenty of parkland, a marina, an aquarium and a museum. The area is very people friendly and puts what Toronto has to shame.
We were able to get around on the EL which is Chicago's Elevated Subway. The EL provides access to both of Chicago's airports (O'Hare and Midway) and outlying suburbs. Atty and I used the EL to get around all weekend as it was convenient and inexpensive.
One interesting tour Atty and I took was in a suburb of Chicago called Oak Park. The tour was of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright studio and a few of the homes he designed in the area. It was a fascinating tour and the homes have a unique timeless look about them (they hardly look like they were built in the 1900's).
We were fortunate enough to be in town while Chicago had it's Jazz Festival going on down at Millenium Park (on the waterfront). We were able to have some drinks and take in some of the many acts that performed at the festival.
On our way back home after attending the Jazz Festival we stopped by some art exhibits including a lit, interactive water fountain. The light show and video display were fun to watch!
The balance of our final day was spent touring downtown and viewing some of the sights including a large sculpture in Millenium Park called the "Cloud Gate". The sculpture is also called "The Bean" by locals as it resembles are huge chrome plated jelly bean.
|Looking into Red|