When you have only one day in a large City like Chicago, it's hard to descide what to do and what to see. This Monday in July the Air Temperature was 96 F (36C) and it was very Humid. The papers said it was like 110F (44C) for Human beings. For us Norwegians, it was hard. And we went out with nothing to cover our heads from the Sun. First thing to do: Buy a Chicago Cap - I bought a Wrigley Field and Anna a red Chicago cap. During this circumstances Our primary choice were a River Cruise, arranged by Chicago Architecture Foundation. It starts at the Mercury Dock just across The Wrigley Building at the Chicago River. During the Cruise we learned about the The Great Chicago Fire (Oct 9, 1871) which turned downtown Chicago into ashes. I recommend you to visit the website and read the history. At least city developpers did learn from the fire and Chicago grew up with new architecture and the first signs of Skyscapers.
The sightseeing lasts for 90 minutes and 50 sites (or buildings) are described and the architecure explained. We were amazed by the guide's knowledge of each of the buildings and their respective architecs and the history behind why they choosed just that architectual expression. But pictures explaines more than thousand words.
The second place we did visit was the Millenium Park. A very modern park with a.o. Two Huge Water Towers.
What makes these watertowers so unique is the fact they display the faces of 1000 Chicago citizen - one at a time on each tower, and they are face to face. Water pouring down from the top.
In the heath, it was really
refreshing. But what happened suddenly? Out of the mouth a jet of water made us all wet. Guess the Children loved that! And they ran from the one watertower to the other in hope> of a refreshing free shower.
What more to see in the park. Lot's. In fact it was planned and build to cover old, dirty Railway tracks.
One more thing that I found creative and exciting:
The Kapoor Sculpture, a stainless beanlike sculpture that reflects the buildings, the sky and all people around and below it. See for yourself.After the sightseeing, walking in the park lakeshore to Michigan, a visit to navy Pier, where we happened to have a light dinner with wine, we were rather tired and went back to our hotel (Best Western River North) and fall soon asleep. Chicago is a fascinating city. But do not drive on the Interstate from O'Hare Airport and downtown during the Road Work season. Take the train. Anyway, we'll come back. Next edition: Bears in South-West Michigan, Berrien County