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Navy Pier, Chicago

Thursday, July 27-  It took about 45 minutes to get to Chicago, but we crossed a time zone, so we actually arrived 15 minutes earlier than when we left! We parked in all-day parking at Navy Pier, and walked around checking out the shops and a stained glass exhibit they had. Dawn found and bought a Chicago Blackhawks sweatshirt at one of the sports shops there. Being a big hockey fan, she was disappointed to see that a lot of stores carried plenty of Bears(football) and Cubs(baseball) paraphernalia, but this was the ONLY store we found that had any hockey stuff!  We stopped at a ring of statues just outside the entrance to the pier, Tyler wanted to stop here and duplicate some funny pictures I had taken here with my friend Lee, on our last visit here eight years ago.

View from Sears Tower Skydeck..Navy Pier is behind the tall building...and a bug on the window!

 From there we tried to walk to Sears Tower, but it was too far so we took a bus.  It was cheaper and easier than taking the truck and having to find & pay for parking again.  Dawn got over her fear of heights and actually liked it when we got to the top.  They made us sit through an 8 minute video about the construction of the Tower before we could go up, I guess they do that to control the crowds up top.  The room had full-pane windows all around, so you had an unobstructed view of the city in all directions. You could see both Wrigley Field (Cubs) and Soldier Field (Bears).  For some reason there were several bugs on the outside windows.  Pretty high up for a bug!  Ironically, Lee happened to call me while we were at the top, we had just been talking about him.

Beer Garden at Navy Pier
After getting a few souvenirs, we headed back down and caught the bus back to Navy Pier. 

 We had lunch in the Beer Garden, it was kind of pricey for just burgers and pizza.  They had a live band playing there, a few people were even dancing.  While we were eating,  a sudden summer squall kicked up and it got really windy.  It started blowing our food around, and actually knocked my beer over! :(    We finished up our food quickly and headed back to the truck.  It was pouring when we left the city, but it stopped shortly after.  There was a rainbow and an interesting sunset after the storm.   Now, we're just going to drive as far as we can tonight.  On to Wisconsin!

WaltJake says:
yes, it was!
Posted on: Mar 19, 2008
cmgervais says:
Must protect the beer! Sounds like a nice, full day in Chicago.
Posted on: Mar 19, 2008
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Navy Pier, Chicago
Navy Pier, Chicago
View from Sears Tower Skydeck..Nav…
View from Sears Tower Skydeck..Na…
Beer Garden at Navy Pier
Beer Garden at Navy Pier
Chicago skyline
Chicago skyline
USS Chicago Anchor
USS Chicago Anchor
The John Hancock building, 2nd tal…
The John Hancock building, 2nd ta…
They had a stained glass exhibet o…
They had a stained glass exhibet …
stained glass wolves
stained glass wolves
this was a hologram
this was a hologram
Ferris wheel on the pier
Ferris wheel on the pier
Tyler recreates a series of photos…
Tyler recreates a series of photo…
...messing with the statues!
...messing with the statues!
I love the look of surprise on the…
I love the look of surprise on th…
poked in the eye
poked in the eye
ouch!!
ouch!!
hey buddy, wanna drink?
hey buddy, wanna drink?
Doctor, Im so depressed!
Doctor, I'm so depressed!
This doc has water on the brain
This doc has water on the brain
leaving Navy Pier, catching a bus …
leaving Navy Pier, catching a bus…
Just outside Sears Tower...Dawn is…
Just outside Sears Tower...Dawn i…
View from the skydeck
View from the skydeck
Soldier Field, where the Bears play
Soldier Field, where the Bears play
Up in the Skydeck
Up in the Skydeck
The whole floor was an observation…
The whole floor was an observatio…
Ty takes a picture
Ty takes a picture
Chicago River
Chicago River
looking northeast from Skydeck
looking northeast from Skydeck
these building are pretty tall by …
these building are pretty tall by…
Dawn fights her fear of heights!
Dawn fights her fear of heights!
great views in all directions!
great views in all directions!
boat by the lighthouse on Lake Mic…
boat by the lighthouse on Lake Mi…
waiting for the bus back to the pi…
waiting for the bus back to the p…
Dawn finds a carousel
Dawn finds a carousel
some sort of greenhouse-atrium
some sort of greenhouse-atrium
Uh, oh...storm brewing!
Uh, oh...storm brewing!
coming in over the lake
coming in over the lake
It got really windy about now
It got really windy about now
Dawn says...lets get out of here!
Dawn says...lets get out of here!
looking back on a rainbow, on the …
looking back on a rainbow, on the…
interesting cloud formations
interesting cloud formations
sunset after the storm
sunset after the storm
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photo by: mahoney