What is it about approaching misty blue skyscrapers in the distance? Chicago boasts some of the most beautiful skyscrapers I have ever seen. With Greek and Roman architectural details, brick, and steel, this city is warm and welcoming while being classy as shit.
Some of the buildings look as if a Greek temple was placed directly on top, and the motif dragged all the way down to street level. Its the Chicago way.
Did I mention that Lake Michigan runs right through downtown? River boats and ferries were towing tourists around, but I get way too seasick to attempt a tour on water.
The Art Institute of Chicago, my first stop in Chicago. This museum is impressive on so many levels. The gallery spaces are gorgeous, and have natural lighting being filtered from overhead skylights. The Art Institute of Chicago also contains collections from Greek, Roman, Hellenistic, American, Contemporary, Modern, the list goes on and on. I asked an employee how long he thought it would take to get through the museum, and he replied at least a week!
The Art Institute of Chicago
This is just one of their many gallery spaces. The connection between contemporary and classical art is striking.
So I was visiting Chicago in May. It was a cool 40 degrees the first two days I was there, and for a Floridian, I was freezing. Fur trimmed winter coat, with a cute sweater from Chico's underneath, black leather boots, and black leggings was my attire for the first day in Chicago. It was kind of frustrating walking around outside and being freezing, and then going into a building and having the heat on full blast. Talk about awkward sweat and uncomfortableness.
A long sleeved dress from Boden and Steve Madden chunky boots got me through an entire day of walking around the Miracle Mile, the subway, and the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Shedd Aquarium.
The Museum of Contemporary Art
One of my favorite moments in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago is a koi pond, with an Alexander Mobile hanging above it.
I walked a mile from my hotel to get to the Shedd Aquarium. There was a 45 minute line just to get in and pay. I was hoping for large sea water tanks, perhaps jellyfish and sharks, but the aquarium had a weird setup of halls filled with smaller tanks. There was a lot of people, and children running around everywhere, and it was hard to look at the fish comfortably.
The Shedd Aquarium
Love love love the architecture of the aquarium. Fish and shell motifs were all over the ceiling and walls, and the chandeliers were absolutely enchanting.
This picture of my friend Marine and myself gives you a glimpse of what being by the tanks looks like: people taking pictures of fish and being very crowded. Don't get me wrong, the Shedd Aquarium definitely takes great care of its inhabitants, and each tank has a completely different environment.
I love starfish almost as much as I love jellyfish. This starfish tank was so cool. Its creepy little legs are the adorable!
Overall, I enjoyed exploring Chicago and finding hidden gems, like this wall of graffiti. I would definitely recommend visiting Chicago and experiencing this rich and abundant city for yourself, and eat a Chicago style hotdog while you are there!