Back to Millennium Park
Trip Start Sep 03, 2009
14Trip End Sep 07, 2009
We get up early today to take a walk to the lakeshore. Are we kidding! After the miles of walking yesterday and projected further miles of walking today, we want more? Anyway, we stop off at the Argo Tea Cafe for a light breakfast. Then we find that Michael has also prepared breakfast for us. It would have been impolite to refuse, so we start our day with really full stomachs.
Today we will return to Millennium Park and continue visiting this remarkable area. We walk in the general direction and find we are more underground than above ground. This part of Chicago is a strange place, with up to three levels of streets and parking lots. Next thing we know we are crossing the river on the lower level of a double-decker bridge and thereafter immediately go underground again. We reappear into the sunlight at the eastern side of Millennium Park on Columbus Drive, right by the curious snakelike BP Pedestrian Bridge, which leads to the Jay Pritzker Amphitheatre where we were yesterday. Both were designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.
Between the amphitheatre and Michigan Drive is a sculpture park and the celebrated monument called "Cloud Gate", or as Chicagoans call it, “The Bean”, due to its shape. It is highly reflective and a very popular site for photography, both for the distorted Chicago skyline and the people reflected in its brilliant surface.