Making a Whirlwind Visit to the Windy City
By GERRY and PAMELA BARKER
North Palm Beach Life
Published April, 2020
After almost three days on the train, here we are in Chicago, the famous "Windy City" on the shores of Lake Michigan. We only have about 24 hours before we catch another Amtrak train en route back to Florida. Our good friends, Ann and Marty, have volunteered to show us the sights. Since we don't have any time to waste, let's get started!
The Historic Palmer House Hotel
Our friends took us to Millennium Park, occupying almost 25 acres in the near downtown area. Opened in 2004 and costing close to $500 million, it attracts 25 million people a year, making it Chicago's top tourist attraction and among the top 10 attractions in the United States. We could only get a sampling of its many features, but it's easy to see why it's become a centerpiece for the people of Chicago.
This giant, reflective bean sculpture is called "Cloud Gate." Created by Sir Anish Kapoor, it's made up of "168 stainless steel plates welded together and then highly polished to obscure any visible seams," -- just right for taking selfies!
Food, Drink and Exploring
How about this view from Ann and Marty's condo balcony?
We ended the evening enjoying this magnificent view of the city from the waterfront. Good choice, Marty!
It was all-too-soon time to leave Palmer House and head for Union Station, where we would board Amtrak's Capitol Limited and head for the nation's capitol. Thanks Ann and Marty, and Chicago, for a great time!