Saturday, August 19, 2006

A needed break - #3

Chicago is all about hustle and action. We went shopping on the Miracle Mile, ate great sushi, saw the Robie House (first of Frank Lloyd Wright's "Prairie-style" designs). The Robie house was so amazing because it was astounding how far ahead of its time it was. It was designed in 1908 and built in 1910. The house was only inhabited for 16 years by three owners and then was given to the University of Chicago. Not really appreciating the historical significance of the house, the University used the Robie House for a variety of purposes (including as a residence for students) until a preservation group asked for permission to restore it to its original design. The exterior of the house has been extensively repaired and they are just beginning the interior. The interior is characterized by wide open living spaces and hallway approaches which make these open areas very dramatic. The colors are earthy and natural and the out of doors is invited in through majestic stainglass windows. It is a truly amazing structure.

One of our other favorite things to do was go to hear the symphony at Grant Park (night view to left). The Grant Park concerts are the only free outdoor concerts left in the U.S.A. There were probably 3,000 people picnicing and having a good time during the concert. Afterwards, we enjoyed "the Bean" and walked around the streets, feeling completely safe and secure in one of our nation's largest cities. Chicago's a great town with so much to offer and so many things to do.

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