Day 19: Chicagoland

Trip Start Jul 29, 2007
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Trip End Aug 18, 2007


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Friday, August 17, 2007

Day 19: Chicagoland

Day 19: Chicagoland

States covered: IL (really just Chicagoland)
Miles: Approx. 75
Highlights: Chicago museums campus; Oak Park
Abby meltdowns: 1 at the end of the day - perhaps we weren't in the car long enough today
Weather: Overcast and warm; though breezy and a bit cool along Lake Michigan
Phrase of the day: "Return to the highlighted route." What Karen on our GPS kept telling us when we tried other than her suggested route due to traffic.

Yesterday's trivia: The pictures of what 3 U.S. President's are above both houses of the Iowa state legislature? Abe and two Georges -- Washington and W.
What is notable about Herbert Hoover's birth? HH was the 1st President born west of the Mississippi.

Today was a light day in terms of mileage, but not necessarily time in the Odyssey. We were welcomed back to big city traffic in a big way - all day, in every direction. We don't recommend taking a job w/ a long commute in Chicago.

After a nice breakfast with our friends Yvette and Brent, we headed down to the waterfront, near Soldier Field and the "museum campus" area of Chicago along the lake. After photos in front of the skyline, we walked around the museum area and Grant Park. Turns out there is an air show in town this weekend, so we saw the USAF Thunderbird fighter jets practicing runs through downtown - literally below and between the skyscrapers. Awesome! (said Paul, Ann and Abby were a bit freaked out by the noise)

Next we headed for the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park. He lived and worked there (and it was his 1st house to design/build) from 1889 to 1909 and designed many houses in the area. It's not impressive from the street, but the home and especially the studio, show the progression of his early architectural development. It was quite neat. Unfortunately, the tour ran a bit long (70 minutes), so we had some dicey moments with Abby, but after a room or two of squeals and grumbles, she settled in for a nap in her Bjorn. After the tour, we walked several streets in the FLW historical section of Oak Park - beautiful tree-lined streets and grand old homes.

Finally, at Yvette's suggestion, we found a bit of the quirky as well. You will see "The Spindle" in today's photo album. It is a piece of art - several cars stacked and skewered on a pole - in the middle of a nondescript strip mall parking lot. You may recall The Spindle was in the movie Wayne's World. It is set to be dismantled or moved or something within the next 60 days, so our pics can preserve that bit of quirk. (Not sure you can tell from the pics, but the Pinto, 4th from the bottom, has CT plates, so our 50 was to be.)
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sandeelee
sandeelee on

Abby backseat caption
'Heh, heh, heh. Now THAT'S a good one for my next Abblog!'--Today wins my vote for best pics of the trip (highest number of adorable Abby pics)...I think you misunderstood her FLW meltdown. She was merely expressing her architectural preference;perhaps she prefers Frank Gehry to FLW.

olek92
olek92 on

caption contest
Top three choices:
3. They will never guess that I turned the volume up on the radio so that when they turn the car on, it will be blaring! (too long)
2. Aren't I crafty for digging up that 1994 Dick Cheney quagmire video! (too wonky)
1. Dad is on deck for the next diaper change. Let me make this a good one!

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