New Neighbors in Millennium Park – 2014

Living in the city, we have lots of interesting neighbors. But the latest newcomers, at 21 to 39 feet, are the tallest. From my living room window, I recently spotted a large white oval resembling the top half of a gigantic egg. So we took a trip across the street, and this is what we found facing Michigan Avenue.

IMG_0773We found more “elongated female heads” just east of Jaume Plensa’s other creation in the park, Crown Fountain.

IMG_0768From these sculptures, facing west, we could see Chicago’s skyline and the children splashing in the space between the two waterfall faces of Crown Fountain.

IMG_0766We could barely find these “brown” dreamy heads among the trees as they stand guard over the children as their parents line up alongside to watch. Crown Fountain is a favorite among kids, parents, and retirees like us as a cooling time out on a hot summer day.

IMG_0771See more photos in the article below:

Giant Heads Turn Heads in Millennium Park | Chicago Tonight | WTTW.

You are welcome to join our new neighbors as they help us celebrate the tenth anniversary of Plensa’s Crown Fountain. The sculptures will be on display until December 2015.



Triathlon – SWIM – Chicago, 2011

In the following slide show, walk along with me to and from the swim portion of Chicago’s Triathlon. It was crisp and sunny this morning, a perfect day to enjoy the outdoors and the wonders of the human body.

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There are thousands of tourists in town. One participant (staying at our home!) said, “This race is incredibly well-organized.” Nice for me to hear as a Chicagoan.

All the swimmers/bikers/runners deserve congratulations for keeping so marvelously fit.  I hear the oldest participant was 81.

That means there’s hope for many of us, yet!!!

Rahm, Derrick Rose, and Oprah Reign in Chicago

It’s an exciting week in Chicago. Read all about it: Chicago Tribune: Chicago news, sports, weather and traffic –

At Millennium Park today, Rahm Emanuel will be sworn in as Mayor. The leaves are back on the trees. The sun is shining. The lines are beginning to form.

Millennium Park, May 19, 2011, 9am
Millennium Park, May 19, 2011, 9am

At the United Center tomorrow, Oprah will be taping her Monday and Tuesdays shows, while her grand finale will  be aired on Wednesday,  May 25.

At the United Center on Wednesday, the Bulls, with Derrick Rose as MVP, will play Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. Last night they beat 103-82. It’s beginning to feel like the Jordan/Pippen days of long ago!

A great kick-off week for what we hope will finally be springtime in Chicago.  Join us!

The “Tip” of Fall at Millennium Park

After a very fun week of book-related activities, I took a breather and marveled at the brilliance of changing colors across Millennium Park.

When I was teaching, I’d memorize the green-red-yellow colors of fall, thinking I may not notice seasonal changes again until Christmas break. Now, in retirement, I can bask in the color changes any time I choose!

More about the recent highs of my Caring Lessons life later…

Recapping Chicago Visit in Pictures

On July 13, I promised you a follow-up on my sister’s visit. Here’s a few pictures. All places are within walking distance of Millennium Park at Randolph and Michigan.

Union Station / Amtrak

The Bean at Millennium Park

Elevated Walkway from the Park to the Art Institute
View of Lurie Gardens from the Art Institute
The Michigan Ave Entrance of the Art Institute
Pritzker Pavillion - Millennium Park (free concerts)
One of Many Flower Beds in Millennium Park
Monroe Harbor - Great for a Lakefront Walk
Walk the Lakefront to the Museums
Stop for a Look Back at the Skyline
Yoke Restaurant (yellow awning) near Roosevelt and Michigan
The Eye Sculpture on South State Street
Pedicures at Mario Tricoci - 900 N Michigan
Quiche in the Walnut Room - Macy's on State

So if you follow this a bit, you’ll notice, except for a mile western jaunt to Union Station, everything takes place between 1200 S Michigan and 900 N Michigan. All walkable! And all with potential stops along the way. And I didn’t even go into shopping! Nordstrom Rack, TJMaxx, Macy’s, Filene’s Basement, Loehmann’s, and more right in the Loop just west of Millennium Park. Come and see for yourself…