We secured a bench in the park and dined on our tacos, salsa & chips all while people watching. The park filled up quickly as it was the business lunch hour as well & everyone was taking advantage of the beautiful summer day to sit outside & eat. Lots of brown baggers and lots of bought lunches, but the park was filled with the sound of chatter & laughter all around.
I finished my lunch 1st, so I grabbed Lucy & headed up around the steps for a few shots of a bike rack that had caught my eye. I think because Dream Boy is so big into biking & I do some of my own, this rack just screamed at me.
So many bikes and so much character in each one! New, old & in between. I especially like the old milk crate strapped on the back of one to help carry all that important cargo to & from.
I fully understand commuting in the big city by bike. After spending time in Seattle with S&D2, either public transportation or bikes is the way to go in the tangled masses of cars.
Oh & Dream Boy loves this pick - somehow I knew he would.
Deanna & Sarah soon finished up & we cleaned up our bench & headed off in the direction of The Bean.
But we passed through another park on our way there where there were oodles of children playing in the Splash Park. It was the perfect way to spend their afternoon.
We again dawdled, just people watching and admiring the art surrounding us, whether it be the architecture of a building, sculptures....
or a girl refreshing her makeup before returning to work.
We finally tore ourselves away & headed around the corner to find The Bean!
As you can tell, it was packed around here, which is usually the case.
We headed in closer for the obligatory selfie, which we took with the 3 of us at once.
You can't see it here, but poor Sarah was getting crowded out by the woman to the right of her in this shot. She kept backing up & literally was pushing Sarah over as she kept moving closer to The Bean & her husband kept telling her to move. She was totally oblivious to her touching and pushing on Sarah.
We didn't last long around The Bean as the heat radiating off from it was crazy hot!
We left this world marvel and headed in the direction of the Chicago River to catch our Architectural Boat Tour. We didn't have far to walk and just before we reached our destination we were overshadowed by this building.
The TRUMP building. The letters on the side of this are 2 stories tall! They told us on the tour that Donald Trump had every intention when he started designing this to make it the tallest building in Chicago, which meant it would tower over the Sears (I still call it the that) Tower and then would be the tallest building in the U.S.
But the day Mr. Trump flew in to meet with his architecture's, was September 11, 2001. In light of what happened that day, he chose to make the building a bit shorter than the Sears Tower. In all honesty though, as we're on the boat making our way down the river & I'm listening to this, I can't understand what the difference would have made? After all, if you ever have the opportunity to take this tour, you will immediately know what I'm talking about.
If Chicago were to be attacked, as New York was, the logical route would be to fly out over Lake Michigan & head straight into the city via the Chicago River. The Trump Building is the 1st building of stature that you see on the left side.
Anyways, we headed off down the river and learned a whole lot about the buildings on either side of it. I was amazed at the history I learned that day.
I honestly couldn't tell you which building this is, but I was struck at the way the sun was peaking around the corner of this building.
It was literally one of the few pictures I took while on this tour.
I did enjoy hearing about Montgomery Ward and the park built in his honor. The buildings that his company had were massive along the river & fortunately are not standing empty, much like the original United States Post Office now is. We learned that Groupon is now in the Montgomery Ward building.
Our tour ended after about 1 1/2 hours - and I highly recommend this particular one if you ever have the chance to take a tour on this river.
After we docked we headed back up to the street level and decided our day was complete and it was time to head back to the train station. Being that it was a 2 mile walk back & Deanna was becoming tired of walking, I pulled up my Uber app and called in an Uber.
I felt so smart! We have used Uber in Seattle when we visit our kids, but this is the 1st time that I had used my app and took advantage of this form of transportation!
Soon we were back at the train station and boarding for our ride back to Naperville!
One more day of fun awaited us on Wednesday - more on that next week.