Day 15: Urban Drama

I had just 24 hours in Chicago before driving off to Madison, and my cousin Varun was in charge of the itinerary. Chicago has a reputation for fine architecture, it’s arty vibe was obvious as soon as we hit downtown, and I was excited.
Our first stop was lunch by the river (naturally), and then the Magnificent Mile walk, taking in the big pretty buildings.

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We were walking up to the Millennium Park when we came upon this zombie parade, complete with morbid make up and protesting placards. Thank goodness I knew about the zombie craze, else it would’ve been a creepy sleepless night!

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Millennium Park is one of the most interesting urban spaces I have seen. There’s the obviously well-known Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor, and the Pritzker Pavilion, but Varun showed me so many interesting spots around the park that I was charmed.

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The Cloud Gate was wonderful, nicer than I expected, but my favourite on that hot day was the dipping pool.

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We walked through the Art Institute without looking at the exhibits, but these windows by Chagall stopped me in my tracks.

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We then headed for a boat tour. The architectural tour was sold out, but we got another that took us on both the Chicago river and Lake Michigan, with a lot of welcome sprays and some good views of the Chicago skyline.

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There was still some light when we finished the tour, various street performers had started their shows, and there was a general festive air all around. Simply lovely!

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One thought on “Day 15: Urban Drama

  1. Nice picture of yours at the table of course. Interesting to know that you saw Anish Kapoor’s cloud gate. Since yesterday i was feeling bad that you missed a good saina nahiwal’s indonasian open, but i am glad you saw so many other good things in company of Varun.

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