Thursday, March 17, 2011

11/52 - Chicago

"Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful city left in the world."

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

(Tribune Building, showing a beautiful archway and ornate facade of the front.)
Tribune bldg

“I'm impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work.”

~ Michael Douglas
(Ironwork on the Du Sable bridge at Michigan Ave.)
bridge

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting a friend in Chicago.
When she told me she was visiting I jumped at the chance of making a trip.
It's only 2 hours away.
I've mentioned numerous times how it's my favorite city in the U.S.
We had a fabulous time catching up and doing a little shopping...
 ah...that would be for shoes. ;)
We also did more than our fair share of laughing, wish we could have spent more time together.
It was a fun weekend and good for me to get away by myself.
Thank you Lea!

(Du Sable bridge from a different perspective. The Chicago River was dyed green for St. Patty's day!
And yes it was THAT color green.)
Chicago river

Whether you love it, hate it, or feel somewhere in between...
Chicago is North Michigan Avenue, the Gold Coast,
Marshall Fields which is now Macy's on State,
home to the Cubs, White Sox, 'da Bears,'
Bulls, and the Blackhawks.
It is a history of political corruption, Al Capone,
the Picasso at Daley Center, the Field Museum,
Navy Pier, and the Museum of Science and Industry.
It's incredible music, historic Wrigley Field, great diversity,
distinctive neighborhoods,
friendly Midwesterners and delicious pizza.

It's my family history,
where all 4 of my Grandparents called their home, and
my Great Grandfather was the mayor in the early 1900's.
It's my husband born and raised on the North side and
my mom born and raised on the South side.
And where my parents were married.

No matter where I live, Chicago will always be a part of me.

11 kind words:

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

It was a great day! I wish there had been more time.

The city is beautifully represented in these photos! wow!

lea
xo

Love Letters To China said...

Happy St. Pat's Day Gail! Looks like you had an amazing time. Love the river in green. Must be quite a sight to see in person.

Hope you bought some new sandals..... ;-)

xoxo

carolinagirl said...

Gorgeous photos! I've only been to Chicago once, but we did stay on Michigan Avenue. We had a fabulous time, and even though it was winter, it was beautiful!

the meaklims said...

So nice that you got to spend time with Lea. :) I love the look of Chicago and would definitely be proud to call it my home.

I love the river colour! Happy St Pats!

Jill

Robin said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Lovin' the picture of Chicago & I really LOVE the shopping in Chicago :) We really enjoy going to Chicago & just walking around. Looks like you guys had a great time!

xoxo - Robin

Wanda said...

Love these shots. The architecture is amazing. I'll bet you had a ball on your girl's day.

Happy St Patty's day!
xoxo

Michelle R Photography said...

Such beautiful images of one of my favorite cities, too! It's just so nice and clean. And the shopping is pretty darn good, too! lol! Glad you could spend the day with a special friend.

Sharon Ankerich said...

What a fabulous city~ never been there. You forgot windy and Oprah. :) So glad you met up with Lea~ she's SO sweet! And can't believe that river was SO green!!! :)
Blessings and love! XO

Life with Kaishon said...

It really is a beautiful city. I love the architecture of your city. Just lovely! And that green river! SO cool!

Jboo said...

Love Chicago too! What great photos! Next time, hope to meet you two!

Janet

Sharon said...

OMGOSH Gail!!!! There could not be more stunning pics of a city, what a great tribute, the newpaper would probably think they hit a gold mine to find these...every time i come over here I am more stunned at how amazing your shots and amazed at your stunning talent.

PS I was determined to get over here today, saying I will find Gail as soon as I return JBOOs comment, then did a double take ..you were the only other one on her comments so i got to just click right on you.. I love it when life just hands you the easy way! haha

The kids are beautiful and are growing up with such a gorgeous loving gift of snapshots of their lives,

 
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