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Chicago

The Windy City!!

all seasons in one day 7 °C
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Even though it's mid April, Chicago is still freezing but the snow had melted and as only I could, I got sunburnt as well as frozen! One extreme to the other for sure!! The bus from Indianapolis was only a short ride and I was able to check into my hotel located in what's know as the Chicago Loop, not too far from the famous Miracle Mile $$$$$.

My first stop after checking in was to go and see the great Lake Michigan, it was a clear afternoon so I set off to walk from my hotel as it was only a few blocks. Lake Michigan is one of the 4 Great Lakes, but the only one soley in America, all the others border with Canada. It borders 4 US states in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
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I found some friends down by the water too!
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There's also park just before the shoreline which has great contrasts with the buildings in the background. I wandered the park for about half an hour taking loads of pics to get the right one, I think I got some I like!
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I walked past all the docking areas around to Navy Pier which has shops, eateries, the Shakespeare theatre, ferris wheel and beer gardens. Some shops and bars were closed, reopening for the spring/summer season towards the mid/end of May.
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At the end of the pier it has a large anchor, dedicated to the service men and women on all navy ships with the name Chicago.
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Chicago also has a beautiful Riverwalk, similar to Southbank/Birrarung Marr area in Melbourne but unfortunately it was closed for renovation at the Navy Pier end and I didn't get time to get down to it at the city end. You can also do river cruises and enjoy the city from the water. Again, similar to a Yarra cruse. You can see the path in the photo, would have been a nice walk. Put it on the list for next time!!
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It rained for the next few days of my stay but I still managed to get out and see Millennium Park or Cloud Gate where the sculpture called 'the bean' is.
Its a giant jelly bean shaped sculpture with a mirror surface all around and even underneath. Makes for excellent photos but of course its always busy! If you get the angles right you can get the skyline or even a sneaky selfie!!
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Of course a quick window shop down the Magnificent Mile!
I didn't make any purchases but still enjoyed walking over the old bridges and taking in the city!
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You know it's bad when the clouds swallow up the buildings, time to retreat to the hotel for a rest!
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Located close to my hotel is another sculpture, Calder's Flamingo. I managed to get a good picture in the rain, no other tourists that silly getting drowned for those 'gram' pics!!!
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My final day in Chicago was a blinder and I went to the beach! Got burnt! I took the bus north of the city to Lincoln Park which was crazy busy and lots of families visiting the zoo there! Of course Mr Lincoln himself too!
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Across from there is North Avenue Beach which wanders its way back to Navy Pier, a bit like St Kilda foreshore.
It was lovely walk back to the city.
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Well that's all from the Windy City, off to NYC tomorrow!!!
It will be my 3rd time back to New York but I have some special guests to show around one of my favourite places!
Let's go!

Much love,
L xx

Posted by mslaurajade 08:13 Archived in USA Tagged buildings trees park travel chicago adventures photography bean blog illinois

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