Chicago by day

With a good night sleep under our belts we were ready to take on Chicago, and Barry had given us a few starting points downtown. First up, parking. Expensive and hard to find were the key words, so we opted for a parking garage and after some looking around, found one that would only charge us $26 for our 6 hour stay, a good deal compared to the first one we found which ran $40. It was also right across the street from the Trump Tower, making it easy to find.

The bean in millennium park. A strange reflecting thing.

The bean in millennium park. A strange reflecting thing.

We started with a walk through millennium park, a true masterpiece as far as parks go. It’s fairly new park, only a few years old and filled with contemporary art. In the middle is a decently sized concert area, and a subterraneancomplex provides the venue with a backstage as well as restrooms for the public. City developers of Bergen, take notice.

We want a venue like this in Bergen.

We want a venue like this in Bergen.

Getting somewhat tired of walking we took a one hour architectural cruise along the river of Chicago, looking at the skyscrapers and buildings that make up this fine city and learning a little about it’s history. Interestingly it’s a young city, having been built not by the first people that happened to settle there as is the case with most cities but instead by wealthy business men out of New York looking to turn profit. The result is streamlined areas and a city center owned by corporations, while an influx of German architects as Hitler started closing off artistic universities in Germany made it’s mark on the skyline.

More skyline. This city is picturesque!

More skyline. This city is picturesque!

Afterwards we finally got to do some shopping, picking up some new clothes before going for some genuine Italian pasta a few blocks away from the main street. It’s been months since last I had lasagna, and Miggiano’s didn’t disappoint.

One of *many* skyscrapers.

One of *many* skyscrapers.

I have to say, Chicago really surprised me. I’m not sure what I expected, but this was not it. Compared to New York which was dirty and boring, Chicago is clean and pure, with skyscrapers ranging from art deco to post modern to new modernism. The only catch is the traffic, which is simply horrible and just screams to be reformed through a modern system of commuting. There are several new technologies in the works, and Chicago is in dire need of a better solution then individuals in cars and an old school metro system.

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