Monday, November 20, 2017

A Wondrous Windy City

Since I was a little girl,
the city of Chicago loomed large in my mind.



The Sear's Tower was the world's tallest building when I was growing up. Between that and the promise of bright lights in a big city, what else could a small-town girl with an adventurous spirit ask for?
 

Well, I finally had a chance to visit America's "Windy City." It made my heart swell. Traveling Teddy's too. 


Read about Traveling Teddy's story here

Here's one of the city's oldest and most iconic skyscrapers, the Wrigley Building. 


And here's the view from the 96th floor of
the Hancock Center.





The lighting in the lobby was truly stunning. This sculpture with 3,115 lights mirrors the number of stars you can see with the naked eye.  



I was only in town for the weekend (and just for work), so I didn't get to do a lot of the things I wanted to do (like eat a huge slice of deep-dish pizza while strolling around Millennium Park before a visit to the American Writers' Museum...), but that's just an excuse to plan a second trip, right?


So you want to know my favorite part of the weekend...? Even though it was so freezing I was still refusing to unwrap my layers 20 minutes into dinner...


...I was absolutely enchanted waking up to snow!



Thanks for a great trip, Chicago!
I can't wait to come back!
 
~ Nel  

21 comments:

Susie said...

Nel, Your story sounds like mine....I wanted to see that city for years before I actually go to go there. If you go back, please go to the art museum. You will love it. Hope you sent the pictures of snow to your sweet mother. :) You are a beauty even in 20 layers of wraps. LOL. Bless your heart. I am sending blessings to you and your family for a happy thanksgiving, love, xoxo, Susie

Jeanie said...

Chicago is a wonderful city, Nel -- especially at the holidays!

Pilar said...

You captured some great pictures! I've always thought the buildings in Chicago looked interesting! Cute teddy bear! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Regine Karpel said...

Love.

Rose said...

Glad you got to finally go...hopefully, you will get to return with more time on your hands.

Pam Jackson said...

Nel, I have been there once. My graduated from basic for the Navy in Great Lakes Ill. and we went walking in downtown Chicago. It was a WHOLE 21 degrees but coming off that lake it was the coldest 21 I ever felt. I felt the water in my eyes freezing up...haha

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I'm glad your dream to see Chicago became a reality, Nel. It is a lovely place to visit. Your evening photos are beautiful and I love the "stars" in the Hancock Building. Have a great Thanksgiving. ♥

Marilyn Miller said...

Teddy's and snow too, how fun!

TARYTERRE said...

I lived there once upon a time. It's a beautiful place indeed. glad you got to enjoy it.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such a beautiful city and what a thrill to be able to visit! Love all the photos - the buildings are so amazing and you look so cute all bundled up against the cold. Happy Thanksgiving! x Karen

Weekend-Windup said...

WOW! Sounds great! You had a wonderful time over there! Amazing pictures:)

Cherish happy moments said...

Wow,looks a great trip aad what a big buildings...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I've never been there, and here we are in Minneapolis, not that far away. But I love a big city and the Field Museum is one of my dream locations!

Red Rose Alley said...

You get to visit all the places I've thought about Nel! The Purple lighting on top of the buildings is cool, and the light sculpture is amazing. Aahh, Teddy gets to see it all too. I wish you would have tried the Chicago Hot Dog. I heard they are delicious. Love this picture of you at the restaurant. : )

baili said...

Always seen in movies only dear Nel , thank you for sharing the glimpse of your trip to the city of thrill and enchantment!!!

I loved your photos ,specially you look so gorgeous even warped into your warm clothing darling:)

sorry that you were there for short while so could not visit to all fav places but i agree this is excuse for another trip and i am sure life will give you that chance soon again my friend!
thank you so much for your so very LOVING words on my blog i am so grateful that i know you through the blog world and have you as precious friend! God bless you and family dear Nel!

baili said...

And HAPPY THANKS GIVING DAY my friend!!!
may you see many more ,amen.

nonie everythingsewing said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Your adventure to the big city sounds fun and scary to me. I live so far out in the wild.

Nonie

Pam Jackson said...

Sheri, Jess and Nel ~Happy THanksgiving to you and yours.

Rose said...

Just popping in to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Susan said...

Dear Sheri, Jess and Nel....Hope your Thanksgiving Day is absolutely wonderful, filled with so many blessings that you cannot count them. Love your gentle and beautiful blog! Susan

Sally said...

Such beautiful photos! Another place I haven't visited so I enjoyed your "trip" very much. :)