Although I’m now back in China, I’m still processing my 2 1/2 week sentimental journey to the midwestern USA. It will take a while to get my thoughts together – probably sometime after I manage to get my days and nights switched back around. At the moment, my air conditioner is broken, but after a heavy rain last night the air is not sweltering – yet.
Here are some more photos from my fast 5-day sojourn in Chicago, with minimal commentary.
The “Mayor Daley” dog – The Chicago Dog House on Fullerton. Sorry foks, no Polish sausage with sauerkraut and hot mustard – at least not on this trip.
My old ‘hood – N. Broadway at Briar Pl., just south of Belmont. The area has been yuppified and stuffed full of chain restaurants – it’s lost its edginess and slightly seedy quality.
Taking the Red Line el train to Howard on the north side.
My alma mater: Northwestern University in Evanston. I walked through the campus, but it’s now an alien universe. I passed my 4 years here (in the 1970s) in a fog, and today my memories of the place are mostly of loneliness and isolation.
Terracotta ornament on a beautifully-restored Uptown building on Broadway.
Chicago River panorama – from the el train headed south for the Loop.
Perfectly balanced – seen from the el
The “Bean” – actually the Cloud Gate sculpture by Anish Kapoor in Millenium Park, downtown. Night reflections.
Nighttime fountain, Millenium Park
The Art Institute of Chicago. I revisited many familiar paintings – above, Seurat’s Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte, 1884
My friend Lorraine and I met for the first time in many years, and had dinner together at The Berghoff. Above, a reuben sandwich on rye bread.
The deep dish pizza at Gino’s East satisfied my pizza cravings, but didn’t live up to my memories. I have to report that it was rather mediocre.
After my stay at the Chicago Getaway Hostel, I transfered to the downtown Travelodge, where I had a private room. From my window I could see one of my favorite landmarks, Adler & Sullivan’s 1889 Auditorium Building. I actually was able to peek inside the Auditorium Theater, as it was open on Sunday morning for a church service.
After spending an evening with Lorraine, on my final day I visited the Art Institute, walked along North Michigan Avenue, and said goodbye to Chicago. Above, Michigan Avenue at night, from Millenium Park.