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Chicago

Chicago Late-Summer Tour

Cleome - Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion Photo © Alice Joyce

A visit to Chicago rarely disappoints, with so much going on year-round. While the neighborhoods teem with great restaurant choices and cultural activities, the downtown area is an open-air museum, landscaped to look stunning at any time. I find it especially enticing Spring through Fall, when the gardens are incredibly lush. I haven’t previously featured Millennium Park’s BP Bridge. Designed along with the park’s Pritzker Pavilion by architect Frank Gehry, the bridge represents a fabulous feat of engineering in a lyrically engaging form. I expect the bridge will leave its contemporary mark on Chicago, standing up handsomely over time.

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Chicago

Cruising Chicago Architecture

Chicago's First Lady - Riverwalk Photo: Bob Agra

You can expect great views of Chicago’s Centennial Fountain when taking a Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. But I’m getting ahead of myself. My annual visit to the Chicago is always greatly anticipated, and with dozens and dozens of tours to choose from, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is an organization you can count upon to provide entrée to the city’s finest cultural highlights.

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Exuberant Millennium Park .. Chicago

Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa Photo © Alice Joyce

Chicago – Growing Greener and More Vibrant With Each Passing Year. Millennium Park features the Crown Fountain, a multi-media sculpture with two 50-foot towers designed by Barcelona artist, Jaume Plensa; and the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion: An example of Frank Gehry’s exuberant architecture.

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