Of course, we took in some of our favorite things and tried out a few new things.
After my conference wrapped up, we walked to Millennium Park and saw one of my favorite landmarks - Cloud Gate or "The Bean." The buildings as the backdrop of this popular sculpture always make for a dramatic view.
We kept moving toward our destination. And, along the way, we got inspired by some planters in front of The Art Institute of Chicago. I am filing these ideas away for next year's container gardening.
Millennium Park. I am always fascinated by the wildflowers with the cityscape in the background.
We left the park and decided to stop at Starbucks because they had a free drink special that afternoon to showcase a couple of their seasonal drinks. In full disclosure, we actually stopped at three different Starbucks for free drinks that day. It was super easy because there was a Starbucks at just about every two blocks. Thank you, Starbucks, for the Very Berry and Lime Refreshers!
We spent some time in a gift shop and then, the sky cracked open with this huge thunderstorm. What to do? Do we wait it out or make a run for it? Or, do we catch a cab back to the hotel? We decided to make a run for it. We got drenched! Our hotel staff had towels waiting at the door for the guests, thus earning them high marks for customer service from this self-proclaimed customer service snob.
Bye, Chicago! Until next time!