Chicago is a fascinating city. Its rich ethnic diversity makes for a truly memorable experience. I sought out the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore on the U of Chicago campus. It is stuffed into the basement of one of the several magnificent churches on campus. In crossing its threshold I was transported to a medieval castle. I roamed its halls with wide eyes, all the while my soul soaring with delight at this gem.
The beaches along Lake Michigan extend for miles, and are populated with exuberant children, volleyball enthusiasts, and sunbathers. Lincoln Park is a peaceful retreat within the city and is home to one of the last free zoos in the country. Millennium Park is stunning, and the Cloud Gate “Bean”, a mirrored bean-shaped statue, is a must-see for anyone visiting the Windy City. The pic below was taken from within the “belly” of The Bean. Who needs a drug when you can stare at the belly of the Bean and take a trip?!?
I have to admit that I was more than ready to leave Chicago. Its congestion detracts from its unique sights. Parking is a premium and the majority of it is by permit. That said, logistically there are two ways to see this city: via mass transit (the “L”) then on foot, or by bicycle. It is the first city I have been unable to see all the sights I intended to, simply due to congestion and parking.