I (heart) Chicago
I have now totally embraced the Zen of the El, putting aside my innate distrust of anything unfamiliar until it gets familiar. I love the el now. The trick is to move from thinking rapid transit means, you know, rapid transit and actually caring how quickly you get somewhere (beginning vacation mode) to living in the present moment and not thinking about the when so much (mid-vacation mode).
Yesterday was warm by Chicago standards, by which I mean it was 52 degrees with a brisk wind, so I decided to take the architectural cruise on the Chicago River. ...
Why didn't you tell me it was so good? Ask me anything about the Chicago school of architecture, post-modernism, art deco, or how to make a river flow backwards.
My favorite quote was from architect Bertrand Goldberg, who according to our tour guide said that the rectangle creates a psychological slum. However, his non-rectangular buildings, which look like giant corn cobs (food reference), are pretty ugly.
(photos by me)