With a chance to spend a couple of nights in Chicago, we went without any specific plans. Once we arrived in town late Saturday afternoon we headed out for a walk.
Our first stop was the beautiful marquee for the Chicago Theater on State Street.
While Chicago is known for the El trains there are a couple that are underground downtown, including the Red Line.
The entrance to the subway station has a great art deco look to it – backed up by a mural of Muddy Waters!
State Street had a number of public art features – this one backed by the former Marshall Field Department store clock.
As we made our way to Millennium Park we heard music.
And were pleasantly surprised to find a symphony playing music from Lerner and Loewe movies.
On our walk back we had the fortuitous timing to be crossing the Michigan Avenue bridge just as fireworks started from the Navy Pier.
The view down the river framed the fireworks with the buildings.
The next morning we took a 4 mile walk up through River North and Rush Street.
Stopping at North Avenue Beach.
Our walk continued through Lincoln Park, where they have made good use of dead trees.
As we approached the zoo we saw a very large group of people – playing Pokemon!
Eventually we made it out of the Pokemon crowd to a more serene part of the park, near Fullerton Street.
Chicago even has skyscraper bird houses.
We spent the rest of the afternoon back downtown at Grant Park for the Taste of Chicago.
They had cooking competitions. This one is a Puerto Rico – Chicago specialty – the Jibarito.
We finished the day walking along the river.
Often when I photograph Marina City I shoot up – totally forgetting that there is actually a marina in Marina City.
As always we had a great time in Chicago.