Sunday, March 16, 2008

Chicago: Day 3

I’ve mentioned before that at one point in my life, I wanted to be an architect.

So one of the events on my must-see lists was the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio tour.

I started my tour with a self-guided audio walking tour that led me though his neighborhood, highlighting many of the homes that he designed along with homes that his students and associates designed. The tour also highlighted this Unity Temple which he designed. Definitely a Frank Lloyd Wright design, but certainly not a typical church style.

After about an hour and a half walking through the neighborhood, I got back in time for the home and studio tour. Unfortunately, no photos allowed. He built, lived worked in this house from 1889 till 1909 when he moved to Europe, working there till 1911. This house was restored to how it looked in 1909.

Jimmy’s conference ended at 3 today, so we had time to explore Chicago together. YAY! It was bitter cold and windy. There’s no doubt in this California girl’s mind that Chicago being called “The Windy City” is appropriate. Bitter, bitter cold. We walked to the Chicago River, which was still green from the day before. The dye just dissipates after time as the water from Lake Michigan flows in to replace it.

We found ourselves at the fun reflective bean, so of course, I couldn’t resist another self-portrait .
We had dinner in the city. Fantastic soup and dessert, but note to self: seafood in Chicago, especially in the winter, can’t compare to seafood in California any time of the year.
We are homeward bound on Monday. We’ll be very happy to be home. I’m exhausted from all the walking and being cold. Jimmy’s exhausted from bending his brain, and we’re certain the kitty misses us.


Anonymous said...

I can't believe I did not know that about you re: architecture! Too cool :) Sounds like you had a great time! Love the pics, as usual.

rosemary said...

At least your priorities are straight...home to the kitty.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Now that is something you wanting to be in architect, may i ask why you didn't pursue it further?
Love all the photos you have shared on your trip.
Oh and i bet kittie is very happy to see you. Ours gives us the cold shoulder if we leave them just for one night. LOL

Ragged Around the Edges said...

I kept getting blocked trying to get to your site. . . wow, looks like a wonderful trip. I got a bean ornament for Christmas, so I am jealous you took a self portrait.

Isn't FLW's stuff amazing, genius. You would have made amazing architect, your creativity is a perfect fit.

Anonymous said...

My favorite picture is Jimmy and Madeline in front of the green river!

paris parfait said...

From one FLW fan to another, thanks for these photos! xo