We broke up our long flight to Europe by spending a few days in Chicago to see the city AND my formerly California girl cousin, Leslie. She has been in Chicago for several years now and should be on their Chamber of Commerce, her enthusiasm is infectious. We’ve had a wonderful day catching up, sharing memories of our grandmother, Gertie , walking, walking and eating.
I don’t know of anywhere else in the world that has more striking and varied architecture than Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Foundation has a wonderful boat tour down the Chicago River for an hour and half. I was just fascinated. The history of Chicago is written in the monumental buildings that fearlessly shoot up to the sky and make me gasp with delight. Somehow this city that was the crossroads of America, where monuments to capitalism were erected many decades ago has managed to rethink the waterfront and repurpose them into awesome living spaces, “warehouse to our house”. Further, they continually invite new architectural styles to play. The city will look different in just a few years as they complete the full river walk and add at least four major skyscrapers. It is fitting that we travel to ancient sights in Europe after touching lightly in this mighty, robust American city.
I give you Chicago. It is not London and Harvard.It is not Paris and buttermilk. It is American in every chitling and sparerib. It is alive from snout to tail. H. L. Mencken