I have traveled a lot to Chicago over the years and stayed in most of the really good hotels. I never stayed at The Drake but had cocktails there. I have stayed at all the Westin hotels, The Sheraton, The Chicago Hilton,The Hyatt, The Intercontinental, the Ritz and many others. Last week we stayed in a suite at the Palmer House as part of my daughter’s wedding. Is it the most beautiful in Chicago? Who knows. It is certainly in the same class as the Intercontinental and the Ritz and one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at. Not only is it beautiful but the service and attention by the entire staff was perfect.
I know New Yorkers don’t want to believe this but Chicago is called “The Second City” since it rebuilt itself after the Great Chicago Fire. Chicago has many nicknames, The Windy City and The City That Works among them. Theodore Dreiser called it “This Florence of the West”. I love the architecture and public art of Chicago. When I revisited Millennium Park after my daughter’s wedding, I found a wonderful new art installation that will be there for the next year or so. Like all the art in that area it is interesting and spectacular.
I had never been to Chicago’s Millennium Park in the Summer before and I had only seen the Mosaic “talking” heads in the cold weather. I had no idea it was a fountain. We wandered over there after lunch and hours spent at the Art Institute Museum. I was watching the kids playing in the water when all of sudden this happened and the talking head turned in to a super gobber!
Last week we had a suite at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago as part of our only daughter’s wedding. I was fascinated by the strange full length mirrors on our floor. I spent some time trying to get only my head in the mirror and take the shot. Couldn’t do it handheld without falling down so settled for a wave instead.
Last weekend my daughter was married at The Palmer House in the great American city of Chicago. I love living in the country. The beautiful vistas, dark skies and plentiful wildlife are wonderful. However, I miss the “juice” of being in the city. You don’t see something like this in the wilderness.
In one week my lovely daughter will be wed in Chicago. Although as father of the bride i have few obligations other than signing checks and making a toast. I am too excited for words. This is a life event and a joyous one at that. In addition we are getting closer to the publication of DreamMap. Right now it is with five editors and we are on pins and needles waiting to hear from them. So this is a perfect time for me to take a short hiatus from the blogosphere.
However the wedding IS expensive so you can do your part by going to my site and buying a t-shirt or something. All purchases are cherished by this humble blogger.
I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print for a gallery show of my Photojournalism. I am only selecting from images taken in the 21st Century and not including any older analog photography. This was taken at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. I can see these two like myself riding the Wild Mouse when we were young. Please feel free to leave comments if you agree or disagree about including them in a “best of” list.