5/23/13 Thursday at Elwood, IL (Cathy and Win’s Farm)
Today will be cold and windy, so we bundled up for our trip to the big city, Chicago. Since none of us were eager to tackle the freeway and Chicago traffic, we got the new (for John & I) experience of the Metro – a commuter train from Joliet to Chicago. Because I was pretty certain they wouldn’t let me take photos in the Art Institute, I took our small, old camera, for its light weight. Thus the images are of poorer quality than usual. Wouldn’t you know, they DO allow photo taking – without flash, which is how I normally take my pictures.
We get off at the LaSalle Street Station (not the Union Station where Amtrack stops). On our way to the Chicago Art Institute, we pass by the Chicago Board of Trade (Stock Market), a Calder public work, The Palmer House (Hilton) and the Marshall Field Clock (now Macy’s).
Chicago Art Institute. Here John and Cathy split for The Field Museum, more to their interests. We’d stopped for a bite to eat, so it was noon. We agreed to meet here at 3 pm. I was fortunate, because I told the ticket seller that I was just 2 months short of my 65th birthday, so he gave me an early birthday present of the senior ticket: $17 (instead of $23). Such a bargain!
I took photos of my favorite things, so I’ll share a few, like John Singer Sargent and
“Venetian Glass Workers”
“Madame Paul Escudier”
“Mrs. George Swinton”
Georgia O’Keefe, including a photo of her by Alfred Stieglitz
Cathy and John didn’t take photos of their trip, but they really liked “Sue” the most complete T. Rex dinosaur ever.
When we met in the Gift Museum, we all admitted to being SO weary, so we set off to catch our train. Since it wasn’t due to leave until 3:45 pm, we stopped at Barnes and Noble for some snacks. That hit the spot. For our ride home, we sat on the second floor of the train, for a better view.
At last, the weary adventurers arrive home, to warm up our leftover chili and make popcorn. The perfect meal when you’re too tired for preparations. After that, we talked some, then agreed to go our separate ways to relax for the night.