More on Chicago

Some highlights from the Chicago Trip:

  • Hanging out with the lads: Great fun to see the usual suspects, plus Ben’s friend Ryan, Chris’ medical school roomie Gary, and some of Chris’ friends from his Navy days at Duke, Terry & Megan (and Claire, their lovely daughter).
  • The Art Institute of Chicago: American Gothic! A Sunday on La Grande Jatte! The Old Guitarist! Holy cow, it was great art overload.
  • Shoreline Sightseeing’s Architectural tour by boat: not only was our guide a veritable wellspring of knowledge and a living window into Chicago’s history, but in the last five minutes of the tour he whipped out a harmonica and sang the blues for us. Who says a degree in humanities can’t get you a job?
  • Evil Dead: The Musical!: based on Sam Raimi’s cult low-budget horror film, the Boxer Rebellion Theater adds a variety of music to the original story. Very silly, quite fun, and featured a Q&A with some of the actors and crew from the original film afterwards.
  • Pizzaria Uno: the original Chicago deep-dish pizza pie. Heart-stoppingly good.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & Studio: Great tour of the home & studio, plus the surrounding neighborhood, which features another 15 or so Wright-designed homes. A marvel.
  • A Cubs Game: The Cubs conquered the Pirates, 4 to 3, accompanied by rabid fans, Old Style, and Hebrew National dogs slathered in mustard, onions, tomatoes, banana peppers, and other yumminess.