The first thing I went to see was the giant jellybean sculpture ("Cloud Gate") in Grant Park.
|I love how it reflects the Chicago skyline!|
|It was even cooler underneath.|
The last two times I visited Chicago, I went to the Museum of Science and Industry, so this time I decided to go to the art museum. It was awesome! I even got to see two of my favorite paintings in the whole wide world!
|Un Dimanche après-midi à l'Île de la Grande Jatte (A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte) by Georges Seurat|
|Nighthawks by Edward Hopper|
There was also a Roy Lichtenstein exhibit on display while I was there. I like his art as well and it was really special to get to see it in person. You just can't substitute prints for actually viewing the works up close. I also went to the planetarium, where I saw a cool show on the universe.
|Yep, that would be the Windy City!|
The view of the Chicago skyline from the planetarium was iconic.
One of my favorite things to do when visiting someplace is sample the local cuisine. First off, I had to have a Chicago-style hotdog.
|What?!? How will I survive?|
|This was still one tasty hotdog, in spite of the lack of ketchup.|
|Picture doesn't do it justice. Full of salty, juicy goodness!|
We also stopped by the original Billy Goat Tavern, made famous by John Belushi on SNL. I didn't know what to expect, but this is pretty much classic midwest. And the burgers were good and cheap!
|That would be an empty glass of beer in the front, with football in the background. There are some things the midwest gets right.|
Of course, you can't go to Chicago without sampling some deep dish pizza. Lou Malnetti's was the restaurant we visited. I think from my experience in the past, I might like Giodarno's better, though. The crust wasn't quite as buttery as I like.
|Blurry because that wasn't my first beer.|
|My favorite costume, a steam punk aviatrix. The propellers moved!|