Thursday, June 19, 2008

Chicago Trip -- Downtown

We went to downtown Chicago on Wednesday and again on Friday. Some of our pictures from Wednesday are on my 365 photo blog here. Matt's class ended by noon, so we had lunch at the hotel and then planned to spend the rest of the day downtown. It was so much fun -- the most we've ever gotten to see and do downtown any of the times we've been to Chicago (which have all been us tagging along with Matt when he's had to do work-related things there).

We started at Lincoln Park. Matt and Riley went to the Wilson skatepark there; and Maya, Seth, and I went to the beach on Lake Michigan.

A cloudy but beautiful day

Playing in the water before the lifeguard told us no one could get in the water due to elevated e. coli levels from all the flooding. Fortunately, none of us got sick.

Seth digging and sculpting in the sand

One of Maya's sand drawings: a penguin and her egg

Maya and the friends she met at the beach. They played all afternoon.

Once we found a place to park, we walked all over downtown. We found a local place to eat some really good Chicago-style pizza.

Maya anxiously waiting for some pizza

Enjoying the pizza -- deep, deep dish, tons of cheese, with the sauce on top

I had wanted to go to some of the art museums, but it never worked out with all the other things we wanted to do. We ended up instead getting to experience some of the amazing art and architecture that can be found throughout downtown, much of it art that could be touched, climbed on, played with, even splashed by!

It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet.
--Kojiro Tomita

We didn't go up to the sky deck of the very tall Hancock Observatory, but the view from the street is pretty awesome, too.

This is called Monument with Standing Beast by Jean DuBuffet. There are lots of little places to run in, through, and out as well as lots of places to climb.

This is an untitled Pablo Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza. I had never noticed this, but the Wikipedia article says there is a shot of it and mention of it in The Blues Brothers movie during the chase scene.

Besides the Picasso, here are some other views from Daley Plaza.

Across the street, we found Miro's Chicago

Because the kids like the their story so much, we went a few blocks over to see The Flight of Daedalus and Icarus painting.

This caught our attention as we walked along some buildings, maybe on La Salle St??? I can't remember where exactly.

Finally, we spent time in Millennium Park.

Enjoying some sculptures by Mark di Suvero.

Swinging on Shang

Rust Angel

Maya and Seth and I splashed around in Crown Fountain. There were so many people running and playing and splashing and laughing here day and night. It was one of my favorite places. The giant block towers have moving video images of faces. Water comes out all the time and occasionally "spits" from the mouths of the faces on both towers.

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