» the the sometimes not-so-windy city
After many months of below freezing temperatures and a winter that was on it's way to becoming one of the coldest in recorded history, things took a turn for the warmer. We decided to go to Chicago for the weekend to enjoy the sunny 60 degree weather. Unfortunately, the warm weather also meant that the ice on Lake Michigan had almost all floated or melted away.

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse.

The view from the top of the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel.

The Cloud Gate. This large shiny object cannot be resisted.

Ice shards in the rapidly melting Lake Michigan.

The view from the 33rd floor of the Avenue Hotel.

Buildings above Millennium Park.

Chicago Harbor.

Michigan Ave. crossing the Chicago River (Photo by Megan).

Marina City aka the corn cobs.

Downtown from the Field Museum.

The Chicago River.


The Chicago River.

The Chicago Tribune building.

Lake Point Tower.

Satellite photographs (from NOAA CoastWatch) of Lake Michigan on Feb 5 (left) and Feb 10 (right) show just how much things can change in a few days.

The view from the Sears Tower Building (from a previous trip).

The view from the John Hancock Building (from a previous trip).


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Chicago, Illinois
February 6 - 8, 2009
Wandering the streets of Chicago.
Chicago, Illinois
August 18, 2007
Visiting friends, seeing the city from the John Hancock building, and catching a Broadway show.
Starved Rock, Illinois
October 23, 2006
Checking out Starved Rock State Park, an area of small canyons and cliffs along the Illinois River.
Chicago, Illinois
November, 2003
Checking out the city.
Indiana Dunes & Chicago
October 27 - 28, 2007
Checking out Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and doing some fine dining in Chicago.
Chicago, Illinois
October 23, 2006
Checking out the city from the Sears Tower, and strolling through Millenium Park.
Chicago, Illinois
December 30, 2005
A day in Chicago, mainly checking out Millenium Park and the Art Institute.