Water, water everywhere. And a whole lot to drink.
One thing I will forever remember about my trip to Chicago in 2011 will be the overpowering heat and humidity. Luckily everyone else there thought it was hot, too. In fact, it was one of the worst heat waves to hit Chi in about five years, according to a Reuters article. I believe it.
My sister estimated we spend more than $100 on water during our five days there (which is hard to do if you’re only paying $1 or $2 for each bottle). I would say it’s close to that. However, thankfully Chicago is located on not one, but two bodies of water, and has many water-oriented monuments.
The Buckingham Fountain (1) was a welcome sight on a particularly hot day. All we wanted to do was put our feet in the fountain. But apparently Chicago disapproves of that because there was a fence at least a foot back surrounding the fountain. The fountain reminded me of the fountain at Versailles, and surprisingly, the Chicago Parks District confirmed my suspicion.
Although we didn’t get to dip our toes in the Buckingham Fountain, we did get to wade into Lake Michigan (2) while walking to Navy Pier one night. In California there aren’t many beaches with skyscrapers as a backdrop, so it was a cool sight.
Continuing with the it’s-really-hot-out theme, someone had graciously set up a make-shift mister system in Millennium Park (3). Needless to say it was a-maz-ing.
During our architectural boat tour, we caught a glimpse of this Chicago skyline (4). More about our boat tour to come.