I believe, I believe every day is a good day when you paint.–Bob Ross
What’s my idea of a good day? Well, thanks to Cheri’s challenge this week, I have a wonderful “excuse” to share last weekend with you all.
We drove to Chicago to celebrate our bazillionth wedding anniversary, but best of all, it was a great opportunity to spend time with our son. We started the weekend with a walk up to North Beach to see the Chicago Air and Water Show. Crowds of people were picnicking at the beach and barbecuing as they watched the show.
Then, we headed over to Lincoln Park to have breakfast with our son. On the way, I took a picture of a doughnut vendor with a long line of customers.
Whenever we visit Chicago, I always try to visit the Art Institute, to see some old friends and meet some new ones–like Dionysos.
In the warm weather, the museum garden is a perfect spot for lunch. How many people can you count checking their cellphones?
The city-side view from the 38th floor at the hotel was spectacular. Can you spot the swimming pool on the roof of the garage where we parked our car?
For dinner, our son found a wonderful restaurant in Lincoln Park. It’s called North Pond, named for the lake right outside its door. At sunset, it reflects the gorgeous view of the Chicago Skyline.
When we stepped inside the restaurant, I felt like I was entering a Frank Lloyd Wright home. Needless to say, it was gorgeous. Architects reconstructed the original warming shelter for ice skaters built in 1912 into an Art Deco style structure with a lot of warm oak tones and stained glass. The menu, crafted by chef Bruce Sherman uses a lot of local, farm-raised ingredients. I was so busy eating that I didn’t take any photos until the very end–when the server brought us a dish of chocolates inscribed with a message for us, written in chocolate:
How perfect is that?