November 15, 2010

Chicago Scenery

I'm back!  If you noticed that I've been MIA recently, it's because I had to hit the road again (actually the skies) for another work trip.  Last week I headed to the Windy City, Chicago.

This was my first time in Chicago and it is a beautiful city.  I was amazed by the skyscrapers and the magnitude of all of the buildings.  I've never seen so many skyscrapers in one place, even compared to the Philadelphia and New York skylines which I'm more accustomed to seeing.

I didn't have too much time for sightseeing during my trip, but after a few slices of deep dish pizza I squeezed in a visit to Millennium Park.  The park is a beautiful area in downtown Chicago which features some very cool architecture and public art in addition to the parkland.

Chicago Skyline

Chicago has a lot of modern architecture including the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, an outdoor concert venue, designed by famous architect Frank Gehry.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Nearby is the Cloud Gate sculpture which is better known as "The Bean."  The Bean is a very cool modern sculpture by Anish Kapoor, a British sculptor.

Chicago Millenium Park

It is constructed from super polished stainless steel which is made to look like liquid mercury and reflect images of the surrounding buildings and blue sky.

Chicago Cloud Gate

If you look closely below, you can even see my reflection in the Bean!

Chicago Bean Sculpture

I had a great time in Chicago, but there is so much I didn't have a chance to see.  Have you visited the Windy City?  What should I check out next time I'm there?


Kelley said...

Love your pictures. They make me excited to go back for a girls' Christmas trip in a couple weeks. I LOVE Bittersweet bakery on Belmont. Next time you're there, definitely stop by for lunch! Navy Pier is a big tourist stop, especially in warmer weather, and if you have a chance, have drinks at the 95th Floor in the John Hancock building! AMAZING views!

This year we're eating at the Walnut Room, catching the German Christmas Market, and watching the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker among other faves! Thanks for adding to my anticipation!

Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds said...

Wow Kelley, it sounds like there is still so much I have to do! I was hoping to check out Navy Pier this trip, but didn't have a chance to. There was still a lot in Millennium park I didn't even get to see! Thanks for tips, I will have to check out those places next time I'm in Chicago. Hope you have a great time on your trip!