Well with the boys gone you would think my schedule would open wide up … NO WAY JOSE!! I’m still off and running! I’ve got places to go and people to see!
First stop … Clark & Van Buren to grab Debbie so we can walk to Union Station to grab Phyllis! Gonna have some girl time today!! Both of the girls’ hubbies had conferences here in Chicago so we get to spend the day together! How fun is that … we are bringing La Verne to Chicago!
But first things first. We gotta give a “shout out” to our other LV gal, Sharon, who’s dad used to hang out at Blackie’s on the corner of our block. So, Sharon! Here’s to you!!
Ok now we’re ready to rock and roll. Remember yesterday when the boys and I went to the Art Institute and I told you that everyone just has to go there? Well … guess where we’re headed? Yep …
The Art Institute is said to be the “Number 1 Visited Museum in the World.” I have no idea if that’s the actual truth but when Chicago says something, everyone believes it! In any event, if and when you ever get to Chicago, this has to be on your list of “must see” places. It’s so hard to describe because the art really moves you on so many levels. I can’t do that here! So, in we go …
There is a new exhibit at the museum and wouldn’t you know it, it’s right up my alley! It’s called, ” Doctrine and Devotion – Art of the Religious Orders in the Spanish Andes.” Ok, I’m not gonna get crazy here but you know this was where I would be found for the next couple of days! It started with St. Rose of Lima, embroidering, no less …
The exhibit turned out to be absolutely amazing. Of course, I say that about all the exhibits there, right?
I’ll show you a few of the pieces from the gallery, but I really think you should make it a point to get out here and see them with your own two eyes! First, the Blessed Mother …
Second, St. Peter at the Denial …
I think this one is soooo pretty. I love listening to the audio guides for the pieces or speaking to a docent about them. I am not an art aficionado by any stretch of the imagination, but I do think that my appreciation has increased by ten-fold due to my frequent visits at the Art Institute. What an amazing gift to have just a few blocks away from our front door.
What another great time at this great place but we’ve gotta go! We are hopping on my favorite tour bus so we can hop on and off as much as we want. But first, a stop at …
Yep … this is the beginning of our very own Route 66! Isn’t that amazing?? And with the Sear’s Tower hovering over us in the background … I’m not sure our picture in La Verne under the Route 66 sign will look like this????
We decided to take the evening tour since we could!!
This is the famous Wrigley Building all decked out in rainbow colors! But then as the sun set, check this out …
Isn’t that pretty? I was able to capture the beauty of the full moon, the wispy clouds and the skyline in the back. It’s not the greatest pic, but I was so happy that I finally got a good picture of the moon in Chicago!
Buckingham Fountain all decked out in colors too, and lastly, a nighttime shot of the rail lines that go through the park to all sorts of places around the state.
Isn’t that pretty!!!
The next morning, Phyllis, Mike and I, decide to take the city by bikes! So … off we go into the wild blue yonder! No, we didn’t ride into the lake that looks like an ocean by accident! But, yes, we did have quite a day on the bikes!
We rode all over Grant Park and by the harbor, then all the way north to Navy Pier.
We had a “date” with the rest of the gang so we made our way there for a friendly game of …
Bocce!! Philly’s hubby, Tom, and Debbie’s hubby, Gabe, were finished with their conferences so we were all able to get together for a fun Friday Night in Chicago! We have a fun place called Pinstripes that has bocce lanes and we have a lot of fun there. So, friendly game … yeah right!! Eddie was trying to give his teammate some (much needed) instruction! She looks intent …
Next it’s Deb turn to throw …
Check out her concentration … Nice move Deb!
And Tom … now he’s a serious bocce player!!
It was so much fun to spend time with our friends and “ooohhh” and “Oh No!” and “Gooooo!” and all the other funny ways we try to get our little ball to go exactly where we want it! I highly recommend a good game of bocce to add a little excitement in your life!
Check out Gabe’s form … he’s truly a master at this game!
Such seriousness … and yes, he is serious … he’s bringing out the … measuring tape! Now this is serious stuff!
Who won? I have no idea! I was too busy taking pictures and gabbing away with everyone! All I know is that it was a great time and a fun way to start the evening!
The next thing on our Friday Night Lights list? You’re not gonna believe this one … we’re taking the speed boat out on the lake tonight to see the fireworks! Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the city sets off an amazing fireworks show and we usually see it either by watching it from our rooftop or being somewhere close to the lake. Being on the lake is quite a different experience! It was so pretty and the best part was watching the fireworks reflected in the many buildings on the skyline.
That’s Navy Pier behind us. I should probably tell you that we were on a speedboat that goes super fast on the water which means we’re gonna get wet! And we did! And I’m not gonna lie, it was a little cold there for a bit! Being on a lake that looks like an ocean in summer wear at night … it was cold!! But that was ok … we had fun!
Of course, these pictures don’t do them justice, but for us on the boat, watching the fireworks being reflected on the buildings in the skyline was really something! I don’t know what I watched more … the fireworks as they were hitting the sky or the reflections being held in the buildings. If you ever have a chance to see that, I’d say do it!! It was a great summer experience!! We finished the evening off with a stop at Molly’s Cupcakes. There’s no better place to be at 10:00 at night on a Friday evening than Molly’s!! I’ll have a chocolate cupcake with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting! Heaven ….
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the “build your own” cupcake … it’s like making it right in your own kitchen just for me! Oh yum!!!
It was the perfect sweet end to a perfect sweet day with good friends! We are blessed that you have come either by happenstance (work!) or by choice! We’ll take you either way!
Talk to you tomorrow!