Saturday, April 14, 2012

Chicago Trip: Day Uno

Since I took too many pictures, I figured I'd split our Spring Break trip into a few posts.  Forgive me if you know Chicago travel like the back of your hand--these photos will likely be old hat for you.  I had never been, so I tended to take pictures of EVERYTHING.  Here we go...

Ready to leave Nashville!

After grabbing a quick bite to eat, we started our Chicago experience with the Art Institute of Chicago...

This statue reminded me of Voldemort for some reason...

This painting has always cracked me up--glad to finally see it in person.

Van Gogh has been a favorite of mine for a long time.  Seeing this one in person was very surreal.

Renoir has always been my ultimate favorite--I love his use of warm colors.  This reminded me of a print my mom hung in our home when we were young.  A very sweet painting if you ask me.

They had artists copying paintings in the museum the day that we were there.  A man had painted this Cassatt piece--again, a favorite.

After leaving the beautiful art behind, we headed across the street to Millennium Park.

To see what I had come so far to see...THE BEAN!!!  Or "Cloud Gate" as it is truly named.

This was before I realized that I could snap the picture of us without holding the camera up to my eye.  I'm a quick one, let me tell you.

This was looking up from underneath the bean.  So cool!

Got it.

So fun to see the city skyline in the reflection.

We decided to take a break on a park bench.  It was such a nice day!

This felt a bit like a Notting Hill moment here.  If you don't know what I mean, watch the movie!

We also walked over to Buckingham Fountain...which had been drained (I'm guessing for the winter season?).  Awesome.  Insert sarcasm here.

So that's about it for Day One, which also involved travel, getting settled in the hotel, and eating deep dish pizza (love).  More to come!

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