Home of the skyscraper, ferris wheel and shredded wheat, this city has some of the most amazing, mouth dropping architecture in the world. It also has some of the most unpredictable weather to go with it.
A stop on my architecture tour was not surprisingly, Chicago. As I flew into the city with my copy of Devil in the White City (which i might add, is a must-read for anyone going to Chicago) I got goosebumps and butterflies as this is home to so many architectural legends.
I concentrated my exploring to downtown Chicago starting with a river cruise on the Chicago loop, (the city was living up to its “windy” reputation) with a low cloud blocking the view of the skyline there was no other option but to come back and view it again. We were lucky on our second day to have a sunny, hot, cloudless day. It was a day for being outside and the day I fell in love with this city. We went off to Millennium Park and pretending like we knew the maintenance man ran into the centre of Frank Gehry’s auditorium for the ultimate spinner pic!
Then it was off to the bean, that beautiful sculpture that sits in Millenium Park and as much as I searched I could not see a seam or weld in sight. This flawless reflective surface was my highlight and I could not move myself away for a good few hours, it reflected the skyline on the one side and the park on the other, it is truly a work of art that just asks you to interact with it.
For the best views of the downtown skyline, I walked to the museums section. It is a breathtaking skyline and there is so much variety in scenery from Lake Michigan to your left to skyscraper city to your right. This city has it all, the history, the buildings, the sculpture, the gardens, and of course the wind.