Walking the Downtown Loop and Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois: May 1-3, 2023
|Chicago River with Wrigley Building (clock face) beyond the Wabash Ave Bridge|
On our way to Columbus, Ohio, we stopped for a few days in Chicago. I've never been to Chicago and Dan may not have been to the city since he graduated from Northwestern School of Law about 55 years ago. It was time to visit.
Chicago is a beautiful city--at least the parts we visited. The first two days were gray and a little wet, but we didn't let a little weather stop us from walking all over the Downtown Loop to admire and slip into historic buildings, seek out public art, and spend some time in art museums.
|Gentlemen by artist Ju Ming, 2015|
|Alexander Calder's Flamingo (1974) in Federal Plaza|
|Chicago Picasso (1967) Daley Plaza|
|Miro's Chicago (formerly The Sun, the Moon and One Star)|
|The Flight of Daedalus and Icarus|
|1897 Tiffany Dome of fish-scale shaped favrile glass|
By the 1860s, Chicago’s water supply was inadequate for its growing population. To solve the problem, Chief Engineer Ellis S. Chesbrough looked to Lake Michigan. Near-shore lake water was too polluted to be used because of runoff from the Chicago River. This prompted an innovative solution. Chesbrough designed a water supply tunnel system running nearly two miles offshore to an intake crib. When the tunnel was completed in 1867, lake water was pumped back to shore through a pumping station. Because the original pumps produced pressure surges and pulsation in the water, a standpipe system was added in 1869 Architecture.org
We stayed at the perfectly located and reasonably priced Royal Sonesta Hotel. They graciously put us in a room on the 26th floor with a view of the Chicago River. The only unfortunate part was that the hotel was across the river from ..., and every time I looked out the window, there was that reminder of something I'd prefer not to ever be reminded of. The author of the bridge graffiti agrees.