It really is my kind of town
Yesterday, we drove from Detroit in the State of Michigan through the southern part of Indiana and arrived (after adjusting our watches to an hour behind for Central Time) at Chicago. We had an orientation tour around Chicago. What a beautiful place with miles of shoreline kept for parks and public beaches around the shoreline. This place really is an architectural marvel with many famous architects in past years from Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Burnham (architect of Union Station in Washington DC) and Frank Gehry.
The architecture of Chicago has influenced and reflected the history of American architecture. The city of Chicago, Illinois features prominent buildings in a variety of styles by many important architects. Since most buildings within the downtown area were destroyed (the most famous exception being the Water Tower) by the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, Chicago buildings are noted for their originality rather than their antiquity.
Burnham Bay features many notable buildings from Soldier Field Stadium, the Shedd Aquarium, Planetarium and fabulous views of the skyline.
This morning we had free time to wander around our part of the city called South Loop and Loop. here are some pictures from around here.
Two streets away from our hotel is the start of Route 66.
We signed up for the cruise on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. The Chicago River used to run into the lake but they built a canal and deepened the river so it now flows out of the lake and down to the Mississippi River and down out to the Gulf.
At night we had a delicious dinner at Carson's and then visited the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower).
It is now 11.30pm and we have a 6.30am start in the morning with a long drive 656km from Chicago to Minneapolis.