83 Photos - May 19, 2014
Photo: hazy, but view of Chicago as I was coming in on the airplanePhoto: random pic. I just liked the bright colors of the historic Chicago Theater (http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/).  There was a graduation going on and I saw students in caps and gowns.Photo: When I got to my hotel, Comfort Suites, I took a picture of the buildings. At this point, I didn't know what these buildings were, but I knew they were pretty!!! Within a few hours, I was much more familiar with the area.Photo: After checking into the hotel, I went to the Newberry Library to do some genealogical research.  This is the front of the Newberry Library. It's a beautiful building.Photo: beautiful painting of the entire buildingPhoto: random pic - train picture inside the Newberry LibraryPhoto: This is a family tree for the Richard and Abigail Lippincott family in America, 1880. It is ridiculously cool!!! You can see an upclose version at http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/228297/genealogy.Photo: detail on the Lippincott Family TreePhoto: another detail on the Lippincott Family TreePhoto: verse on the Lippincott Family TreePhoto: a bit blurry - but a view of the reference room in the Newberry LibraryPhoto: a corner of the Genealogy Reference Room at the Newberry Library.Photo: the Chicago area of the Newberry LibraryPhoto: my assigned table in the library - K2Photo: vine covered church as I started to walk down the Magnificent MilePhoto: Photo: Photo: yep. the American Girl store. I had to resist going inside. I didn't know this at the time, but the black building on the left is the John Hancock building.Photo: more stores along the Magnificent MilePhoto: Bloomingdale's - Magnificent MilePhoto: just liked this building - along the Magnficent MilePhoto: Urban Outfitters - along the Magnificent MilePhoto: Tiffany & Co. - Magnficent MilePhoto: Zac told me I had to get Giordano's pizza while I was in town. So i did.Photo: lovely picture inside Giordano'sPhoto: like the signage in the restaurantPhoto: liked this Blue Chicago paintingPhoto: but why is there a gargoyle in the restaurant?Photo: I had to wait over an hour, but it was worth it!! This stuffed crust (and not just stuffed w/ cheese along the edge, but also the bottom), was worth it! Wish I'd taken a better picture.Photo: more walking down the Magnificent MilePhoto: more walking down the Magnificent MilePhoto: pretty buildings - Magnificent MilePhoto: buildings - Magnficent MilePhoto: just liked the name - The Purple PigPhoto: building along the Magnficent MilePhoto: building along the Magnificent MilePhoto: liked all the old sewing machines in the window at All Saints fashion store - Magnficent MilePhoto: I could have gone in Burberry too. Boy, if I were made of money! - Magnificent MilePhoto: Plaze of the Americas - statue of Benito Juarez. Saw this and had to go over and look at him.Photo: Benito Juarez markerPhoto: Passed a wedding party as I was coming to the end of the Magnificent Mile. Their dresses were cute.Photo: approaching a bridge to go over the riverPhoto: Silver guy.  He was really working it for tips!Photo: how beautiful the buildings are!Photo: incredible view near the bridgePhoto: beautiful view from bridgePhoto: relief on bridge postPhoto: marker on the bridge - I didn't get the whole thingPhoto: View of NBC buildingPhoto: a ferry boat ride on the river. would have probably been nice to take this. Pay attention - we come across these ferry boats again later...Photo: Photo: I took a picture of the sign b/c just earlier this morning, Ann Landers was the answer to a crossword puzzle I'd been working on.  Didn't realize the column was part of the Chicago TimesPhoto: Hotel room when walking in the door.Photo: bedroom w/ TV includedPhoto: view down the hallwayPhoto: the kitchenPhoto: the living roomPhoto: on my way to Sears Tower I passed this window display and thought of KalonjiPhoto: Art Institute of Chicago. I'll have to go here one day.Photo: just liked the painting on this building - on the way to the Sears TowerPhoto: more gargoyles - on the way to the Sears TowerPhoto: And, here I am at the Sears Tower (officially renamed the Willis Tower)Photo: sign pointing to the way towards the entrancePhoto: In the basement of the Sears Tower, they have an exhibit with all these facts about the building. I love trivia.Photo: As you go up the elevator in the Sears Tower, they show you as you pass other landmarks. At the 14th floor, we were passing the Roman ColosseumPhoto: at the 40th floor, we were passing the height of the Great PyramidPhoto: At the 83rd floor we were passing the height of the Eiffel TowerPhoto: and yeah! We reached floor 103.  Only took 1 minute to go to the top.Photo: the views on top of the Sears Tower are incredible!Photo: another great view from atop the Sears TowerPhoto: another great view from atop the Sears TowerPhoto: another great view from atop the Sears TowerPhoto: another great view from atop the Sears TowerPhoto: another great view from atop the Sears TowerPhoto: another great view from atop the Sears TowerPhoto: another great view from atop the Sears TowerPhoto: another great view from atop the Sears TowerPhoto: another great view from atop the Sears TowerPhoto: The ledge they built on the side of the building. This was incredible!!!!!Photo: a picture as I first get on the ledge, looking directly down.Photo: and how cool to be in it. oh yeah!Photo: amigurumi zombie at the MLA conference bidding for good event. i so heart this! I've been wanting to learn how to crochet amigurumi.Photo: and look! it's me! This presentation was the reason I came to Chicago. :-)