Sunday, July 20, 2008

Chinatown Summer Fair and Millennium & Grant Parks

One of the nice things about Chicago in the summer is there's something big happening every weekend. On Sunday morning I learned on public radio that the Chinatown Summer Fair happened to be that day.

I decided to ride the "el" to Chinatown and check it out. That was a little lame, but the food I ate was pretty good and cheap. Personally, I like Chinatown a lot better when it isn't Chinatown Summer Fair. It's obviously a great neighborhood to experience authentic Chinese food and culture, but there's also something distinctly Chicago about it. For one thing, the train rattles past regularly... drowning out the sound of anything but a Summer Fair band.

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After that I went to Millennium Park on the lakefront and wandered down toward Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain and took some pictures in the Lurie Garden. The weather remained fantastic all day, despite reports that it was to storm in the afternoon. It was hot, but the lake provided a cool breeze that made it easy to walk around. There were people everywhere because there was some kind of "family fest" taking place in Millennium Park. Walking around the lakefront parks downtown reminds me how much Chicago is an international destination. I hear so many foreign languages that with my eyes closed it would be hard to tell I'm in an American city!

Eastern "Cicada Killer" Wasp Wasting my Summer Trump Tower Chicago Cloud Gate (AKA "The Bean")

- Andy

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