July 4th Weekend in Chicago (Part 2)

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Day 2 in Chicago — Sharon and I decided to head downtown by ourselves to explore. We rode the Metra train, which was crowded with people headed to the Cubs game and Taste of Chicago. Our agenda was: Stop 1 — Sears Tower’s SKYDECK. Earlier that week, a new feature had opened in the tower — a completely closed glass lookout where you could literally step out above Wacker Drive/The Chicago River! We patiently waited our 1.5 hour line to head to the top, and it was well worth it. Beautiful views of the city and a breathtaking drop:

After making our way out slowly, we ran to Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill on North Clark. Lunch was absolutely fantastic, and we even saw the chef himself! Full and happy, we continued on to Michigan Avenue to shop and sight see. Tiffany & Co. windows looked great. The Apple Store was busy. Macy’s provided some yummy Frango Mints! We ended the trek at the MCA, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Olafur Elliason was showing his Take Your Time exhibit that was here at NYC’s PS1 the summer before in conjunction with his amazing waterfalls. I really enjoyed his mirror, light and shadow explorations — and so did Sharon:

We headed out and met up with the rest of the family in Wrigleyville. I showed Sharon the outside of Wrigley Field and we walked north for dinner at Uncommon Ground. A fantastic collection of local and organic ingredients provided our second great meal of the day! We headed home afterward full and sleepy, ready for the weekend.

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