Monday, March 16, 2015

Navy Pier

Sunday was spent venturing into downtown Chicago. Actually, we didn't venture much beyond Navy Pier. We couldn't ask for a much better day, there was a light breeze blowing with temperatures in the mid 60s (°F). This was a bronze sculpture near the entrance to Navy Pier showing kids playing crack the whip.

The ferris wheel was one of the few rides running. Bridget and my grandson took a ride. It moved very slowly with one revolution every seven minutes. Slowly enough so they can switch riders without stopping. Most of the restaurants and gift shops were open as well as the harbor tour boats. The Chicago Children's Museum was also open and we spent several hours there.

From the end of the pier, there was a good view of the downtown area, here dominated by the John Hancock Building. I had originally thought it might be the Sears Tower, now renamed the Willis Tower (now the 2nd tallest building in the U.S. after One World Trade Center was finished).

I never really figured out what the last building on the pier was but it kind of looked like some sort of ballroom or something. Wide open area overlooking the lake. The crowds were minimal until we were getting ready to leave. We were warned that there may be a crowds due to St. Patrick's Day. I guess it's a big deal in Chicago.



One last photo from dinner last night at an all you can eat sushi place. This doesn't have anything to do with Navy Pier.

13 comments:

David Masse said...

Brings back good memories, we loved Chicago.

Didn't love the deep dish pizza though. The dough was torte or pie like, not flat-bread-like. We tried a few highly recommended places to make sure we were getting the real thing.

RichardM said...

Haven't had any Chicago style pizza lately. What was it that you didn't like?

Trobairitz said...

Fun! Glad the weather is cooperating.

Did you got to the John Hancock Building at all? We were there in the early 80's as kids visiting some of my maternal grandfather's relatives. It was a neat view from the lookout.

RichardM said...

Nope, didn't make it to the John Hancock Bldg. I remember the building from the original Flight Simulator back in the mid-80s. The default airport was in downtown Chicago.

SonjaM said...

Ah, Chicago downtown... thanks for the memories. And this sushi platter is pure torture. Darn that craving.

RichardM said...

Posted the sushi photo just for you…

Martha said...

What a great time you are having! And great weather, too!

I know that's not mustard and ketchup (!) on the sushi, but what's the drizzle that looks like it?

RichardM said...

The reddish-brown is unagi sauce (broiled fresh water eel sauce) and the yellow is spicy mayo.

It hit 75°F today!

Unknown said...

Alright, Richard--your readers are onto you... A few days back, you posted a photo of some tasty looking sashimi, to mixed responses of 'retch' and 'drool'. My tablet almost shorted out from drool (what, too much info?).

Now you go and post a pic of some fine looking sushi and then top it off with text that reads something like "All you can eat sushi: irrelevant to the rest of this post, but I'm including the pic anyway because I can, and because I know that it tortures most of you in one way or another".

That's it! I am through reading Richard's Page ...well, until your next blog post.

SonjaM said...

Yep, thought so...

RichardM said...

Yep, you have it figured out. I guess I could've said, "No Moto content" at the start of the post...

redlegsrides said...

I'll be in Chicago first weekend in May for a company Staff Gathering....hope the weather is as nice as you had it.

RichardM said...

It'll probably be even warmer. Lots of stuff to see but too many people and too much traffic for me...