Click the thumbnails below for a slide show of our Chicago photos with captions
The Hotel Raffello in Chicago, our home for our trip.
The front door. It was right behind the John Hancock Building
We were upgraded at check in to a really nice suite.
Our first walk took us past the Water Tower Building
Of course I immediately found the Apple Store
The Chicago Tribune Building
In the base of this building are parts from other buildings all over the world.
The Town Hall in Stockholm, Sweden (which we had visited in June)
Found one from our state but it's not really a building.
Had an early dinner at the Purple Pig. It was outstanding.
The next morning we hit Millenium Park. I found a beatiful woman there.
Lots of stuff going on in Millenium Park
Including this Japanese art exhibit.
I took that beautiful woman's pic with them so Mason could see his grandma.
More pics for Mason.
The Frank Geary designed concert venue.
The Chicago Cultural Center (the old Library)
The Cloud Gate
I do not want this job.
The Chicago skyline reflected in The Cloud Gate (or the bean)
Us reflected in The Cloud Gate
The Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Millenium Park
A Chicago Panorama taken from the bridge to the Chicago Art Institute
A room full of design. Taken for Michelle and I
Kathleen alone with a Winslow Homer
Andy Warhol's Mao
This is what the Chicago Art Institute calls architecture?
One, big painting!
The lions in front of the museum
A superb bicycle rental program
The Crown Fountain
One, big painting!5
I love taking pics of photographers.
There are two parts of The Crown Fountain
Another intersting art installation
Another photo of a photographer
All over Chicago were fake, BIG fire hydrants painted by businesses
This was all covered in bolts
I liked the red against the gray.
A crowd of street art.
The Michigan Avenue bridge over the Chicago River
The Chicago River Bridges don't open that often for boats.
We did the Chicago Architecture tour by river boat. This was our guide.
The tour was outstanding by it was FREEZING!
The view from the river is excellent
The Sears (Willis) Tower
On the Tribune Building
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange
The next day we took the train to Oak Park to see Frank Lloyd Wright's home
Inside the home
Our wonderful guide at the Frank Lloyd Wright house
Lots of built-ins
An incredible ceiling
A beautiful woman was also on the tour.
The kid's room
Authentic antiques abound (always wanted to type that)
The wall doesn't go all the way to the ceiling between the kid's rooms.
Frank Lloyd Wright's bed
Murals in his bedroom
Only one bath for 6 people
The Wright family
An old phone I liked
They created the balcony for the kids to put on performances
Did you know that FLW's son invented Lincoln Logs? We didn't
No room for a grand piano, stick it out over the stairs behind a wall.
A built-in ice box
A cabinet full of drawings that could be wheeled into a vault
Chains used to suspend the ceilings.
Frank Lloyd Wright's waiting room
His secretary's office
His private office
A nearby Menonitte Temple designed by Wright
Light fixture designed by Wright
Downown in the Chicago Cultural Institute
Inside was an outstanding color exhibit
Early morning on the Chicago River
Loved the lady in the wheelchair
The largest Tiffany dome in the world
One, big painting!21
The Northwestern University Medical Center
Sunrise on Lake Michigan
Flowers at dawn
My favorite street name in Chicago
Back in Chicago on our third morning.
The Trump Building
The boat we took for the architectural tour
More buildings downtown
The Water Tower
A very cool clock. I liked the color.
Still flowers in October.
Great old car
Halloween comes early
A photogenic cathedral
The Contemporary Art Museum
There was a great photo exhibit inside
A photo from that exhibit about planning photos
The sculpture outside the back of the museum
Looking down the stairwell
Looking up the stairwell
An Andy Warhol piece
Kind of a crazy experiment in light
Different colors depending on the light
This is what it looks like when I hit it with a flash.
A Calder exhibit
The statue out front from the back
They had cool light fixtures
The Water Tower on my last morning walk
On my last morning walk
The biggest and coolest McDonald's I have ever seen.
A bluesy mural
Just a cool building
Rick Bayless' crappy, overpriced restaurants