Chicago day two
Day two of Chicago was just a me day. I am a girl stuck in the 80's and would pick watching an old 80's flick any day over a new movie. Ferris Bueller's Day off was one of my favorite for sure. I had always dreamed of having a day like that, no cares in the world and just exploring and this became day two of my weekend off.
I got dressed, gave my hair a little curl so it could have bounce for about 3 min. (darn my stick straight hair) put on my new sunglasses a little lipstick and walked out of the Drake for a fun day off. (Since I have been home I finally figured out why the Drake sounds so familiar. This is where Julia Roberts stayed in My Best Friends wedding, room 721. If I would have remembered that I would have gotten a memorable photo for sure. So if you go visit Chicago it would be a fun stop - of course only if you totally love that movie as much as I)
My walk down the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Ave.
Jamaba juice. So I was excited to find one and have one for breakfast. I also got this over indulgent croissant egg sand which. (hey I deserved it, I ran the day before)The first door I went into of many that day (i didn't count but I bet I went into 75 different stores) Was American Girl Doll Place.
What a turn around I have had with this place. We went for the first time this summer in New York and got all the girls a doll. In the past few months I have watched them play with them more than any other toy they have, even Annie Kate. Caroline is the most drawn and gets hers dressed every day.
Before I left Caroline had marked all the things she wanted me to bring her home from the store. (like that was going to happen) She loves this concession stand, so I had to take a photo for her, because this is the closest thing she will get to having one.
I could not believe how much fun I had in the store - I have always thought it was kind of silly. But this summer my friend Jen said to me at Girls camp - "you have three girls. enjoy it. Treasure the little girl stuff with them" Her advice was wonderful (Jeff and his wallet disagree)
I got the girls some little things for Christmas and each a new outfit. I got Annie Kate this witch outfit, which I had not seen in the catalog. She is going to be a witch for Halloween so she was thrilled.
I still don't know what I think about the doll parlor, it kind of makes me laugh. But the girls are excited to find out that now you can get your dolls ears pierced. You can get it done in New York and the new store in Chicago will be opening soon and you can do it there.
I went into the gigantic Gap and told myself I was not buying one thing! Ha.They had all of their Junk Food t-shirts on sale. My kids love these shirts but at $25 a pop, we enjoy them on the shelf. (yet I did get one the other day at Goodwill for $2.00) I got each of the girls a birthday shirt. The Mr. Men and Little Ms. people are kind of popular with Annie Kate's age group.
Nike town was fun and I was hoping to fun some great running clothes, but no such luck. I enjoyed just poking around. I did find one of the last two Olympic windbreakers in AK's size for her for Christmas. She is swimming year round now and it will be the perfect thing for to wear to the pool in the winter.
This day there was a White Sox, Cubs and Chicago Bears game all going on at the same time. The streets were packed with fans. Parents and kids head to toe supporting their team. I again have team envy as I don't have a team that I love and brag about.
I walked across the river and again fell in love with this city and love that it is on the water.
I was not sure how close I was to Millennium Park and went into the info booth to find out and the lady giggled at me and pointed up at the sign "You are here"
The Cloud Gate (I always called it the mirror bean) was really awesome. Something I knew I didn't want to miss.
Here is a little info about it. Don't miss it if you go.
Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work installed in the United States. The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city's famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a "gate" to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives.
Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.
What I wanted to do in Millennium Park is make something that would engage the Chicago skyline…so that one will see the clouds kind of floating in, with those very tall buildings reflected in the work. And then, since it is in the form of a gate, the participant, the viewer, will be able to enter into this very deep chamber that does, in a way, the same thing to one's reflection as the exterior of the piece is doing to the reflection of the city around.
I am sure there were a million cool photos to take of yourself in the mirror. I only took a few. Here is one
Then I walked around the bean (oops cloud gate) and I got a bunch of free hugs from the nicest people. I was not sure what this was, but the sign said free and i am a gal who likes a deal. I asked them what the heck they are doing out here doing this and they said, "because it makes everyone feel good" and you know what they were right. I had been alone all day and could use a good hug from 12 different strangers. Thanks Free Hug people!
I was getting down to the wire to fit in everything that I wanted to fit in. One of the last things I had planned to do was make it to The Art Institute of Chicago.
I am a true 80's gal and the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off probably had too big affect on me. My favorite scene by far was when they went to the art museum. I remember when I saw this movie telling myself, some day I am going there and I want to see those prints!!! (I never felt any of this in any art class)
In case you missed the scene here it is.... ( I will say that if any of my young women see this on my blog - close your eyes during the kissing part - don't get any ideas)
So I raced in and only had about 20 min before I had to get back to the hotel
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte - Georges Seurat
of course I hit it when there was a tour group getting a special history lesson and it was so crowded this was all I could see. Rats - this was not I envisioned all these years. In the movie Cameron got to stand in the room all by himself. So I mad a mad dash to get to the other side of the museum to see...
So I decided to run back to A Sunday Afternoon hoping to get a quiet moment. Just then Jeff called and said he was on his way up to the Hotel. I told him to come into the museum and meet me. All Active Military get in for free so it was no big deal he was coming in 30 min before it closed.
These photos are quite a piece of history and always interesting to me. Even though I won't have honked if I had a car, it sure does capture issues of our country.
Jeff and I raced back to the hotel, changed and took a cab up to get to our showing of the Blue Man Group. I had gotten surprised tickets for Jeff on the front row center. The first 10 rows you have to wear a poncho because of the chance of splattered paint, jello, twinkies, marshmallows and such. We definately needed the poncho!
Jeff even came out with a little pink paint left on his face. Good thing it didn't get on his shirt, he would have freaked!
I was lucky to get a photo of one of the blue men from the show afterwards. Even though in this photo he does not even look real. I didn't crop out the guy next to us because I thought it totally added to the photo.
The show was good and fun. My favorite part was the 4 seconds they played the Devo song. It was a little bit weirder than I expected. I wish we would have gone to Mama Mia instead, but such is life. But being on the front row was fun and at the end when the yards and yards (thousands of yards) of paper came rolling up to the front and they are all sitting on you, was quite an experience
Talking about our future, jobs etc. It was wonderful and great.
We had a ton left over and had it boxed up for a late night snack. But we ended up giving it to someone outside the resturant who was pretty hungry, that felt good.
We then met some new friends for dessert at Ghiradelli. Jeff and I shared some yummy, peanut butter chocolate, tall, oversized treat.
Wow, it was a great day. Great food. Great sights. Great Memories.
I can't wait to go back some day with the girls
What is your favorite thing you have done in Chicago?
Anyone up for a blogger party, Chicago style??