Aug 11, 2010

A few reasons I fell in love with Chicago

Since the mister recovered pictures from the memory card you better believe I'll be sharing them for the next few days! Today, a few from our visit downtown. 

I can't remember what bridge this was, and this picture doesn't do it justice but I really felt like I was in the heart of the city while standing on it. (In this picture I'm not actually on the bridge because I was taking a picture of it). I distinctly remember standing there thinking I wanted the moment to last forever.
The entrance to the Grant Park subway station - so much prettier than the D.C. metro entrances! (We have a picture of the whole entrance but I actually like this one better because it's cut off).
This lamp post makes me think of couples kissing under it in the evenings. (Okay, and a little bit of Gene Kelly singing under it as well).
The famous "bean." My cousin told me everyone takes their picture in this (it literally is a bean shaped metal statue), so I knew I had to follow suit. (Can you see me?)
As much as our early flights were rough (we flew out of Baltimore so we were in the car to the airport at 4 AM), it was really nice to have most of the day to walk around the city. The wedding we went to was in a suburb and it would have been a shame to miss seeing Chicago. We definitely could have seen more but I think we covered a lot of ground in the few hours we had.

What do you think readers? Anyone else visit a city for a short amount of time but it still managed to capture your heart?

Happy hump day!


Alison Kinsey said...

I share similar feelings about Chicago, I would have to say it is my second favorite city in the US. The bean is so cool, I love taking pictures there. Great photos!

Heather (Live.Love.Laugh.) said...

Great pics!! I heart Chicago, love my city!!

Suburban prep said...

It is the Michigan Ave bridge (the first photo). This bridge was close off for a weekend this summer because of the filming of Transformers. This street was also closed off last September when Oprah filmed there and then again in June because of the parade for the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup.

You'll have to come back here. I have lived her for most of my life and there are always things to do and see.

Suburban prep said...

As for the cities that I only had a few short hours in I would love to go back and explore Key West, FL, Tallinn, Estonia and also Oslo, Norway

Shannon said...

I went to Chicago once when I was in college to visit a friend but somehow we never saw the light of day, only bars at night! So needless to say, I'd LOVE to go back and do it up proper. And wouldn't you know it, my dad nly lives 3 hours away, so you'd think I'd have made it there one of these years, but nope.

I also NEED to go back to San Francisco. We were only there one day but wanted to do the whole alcatraz thing so that took up a huge portion. So much more to go check out though!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I really enjoy Chicago as well. My brother lives outside Chicago so I usually visit that city once or twice a year. I have debated moving there & haven't quite ruled that out just yet... We'll see what the year to come holds.

One of my favorite things to do in Chicago is to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright house/studio and walk through that Oak Park neighborhood. Such a charming neighborhood!

Annie said...

Hey Beck! How long would it take you to drive there? My dad's brother lives about 45 mins outside of Chicago and still works in the city, so we visit a couple of times a year and go into the city. Would love to have you join us! Christmas season is beautiful in the city.

Nora said...

Glad you had such a great time! I have fallen in love with NYC, Indianapolis and believe it or not tallahassee Florida. Those places are fabulous. As are your photos =)

Amber said...

I've never been but would love to go there and run the Chicago Marathon! Maybe next year or the year after.. :)

Mandy said...

I've never been, but I would love to go visit. It looks like such a lovely city with so much character. And some pretty fabulous people too!

Stephany said...

I've never been to Chicago but it's most definitely on my 'must see' list!

I love all your pictures, too. Great photography! :)

S.I.F. said...

The architecture is incredible! I really do wish we had more of that here in Alaska... Plenty of natural beauty, but not a whole lot of man made beauty!

Darcie said...

I love Chicago and if it wasn't so darn cold in the winters and had so much snow, I would move there! It's a beautiful city.

I had one day in Paris and loved it-walked more than I ever had in my entire life, but I got to do Paris in a day!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I love Chicago. We went there last year for a long weekend and it was a lot of fun. I walked on that same bridge and our hotel was only a few blocks from the bean!

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