|Chicago Skyline from Navy Pier|
After my presentation was delivered, applauded, and scrutinized, I took off through the strong wind to visit Navy Pier for some lunch. This pier dates back to 1916 and juts out into Lake Michigan. This is a cool place where you would bring your family if you have one, and enjoy the shops, IMAX theater, and inexpensive restaurants where I consumed a yummy chorizo burrito. But wait, there's more!
|The Crystal Gardens|
Turn around for great views of the city:
|Here's the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower, and formerly the tallest building IN THE WORLD.|
So you should know that my hotel and my conference are on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. It's an upscale neighborhood centered around Michigan Avenue with posh designer boutiques, fancy hotels (mine was on a side street and not fancy), and many restaurants I was too chicken to try. The 1869 Water Tower is a landmark at the northern end of the Magnificent Mile. It's one of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
|The 1869 Water Tower|
It's the week before Easter and one fancy hotel fixed up its official Mini Cooper:
Each morning on my way to the conference, I crossed Michigan Ave. and gazed south in eager anticipation of my upcoming symphonic adventure which is featured on my other blog here. This is looking south on the Magnificent Mile on a bright and windy April morning:
Marking the southern end of the Magnificent Mile Is the Wrigley Building. It's impossible to capture the coolness of this building in one photo. It's partially modeled on the Giralda Tower in Seville, Spain. It's actually two buildings, North and South, linked by three walkways.
And then, just south of the enormous Wrigley Building, is the Chicago River. Next time I'm here, I will definitely sign up for the famous Architectural River Tour and cruise through this skyscraper gorge!