Chicago | 2016

Last June my family took a spontaneous trip to Chicago, it's always been on our bucket list of cities to visit. I've wanted to move here for Graduate school due to the vast Art community that Chicago offers. Along with CalArts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago has been one of my dream schools to attend. Visiting Chicago was an eye-opening experience for me. The people, the food, the culture, everything just seem fresh and new. 

The 8 hours drive from Memphis to Chicago wasn't bad as I thought would be. We got stayed at the J W Marriott mainly there was a huge discount during Memorial Day weekend, plus it was close to everything we wanted to visit. Driving around Downtown Chicago can be a bit confusing, but thankfully there's metro stations  that get you to anywhere around the city. Walking around Chicago, I finally got to witness where Nolan shot most of Dark Knight trilogy since in my mind Chicago will always be Gotham. 

 

 

We spent the first day mostly on the road. We were there for only three days, so there wasn't much time to see everything, plus my parents aren't fans of museums, so we just end up site seeing and shopping. For the first day, we mainly toured the area around Michigan Ave that includes The Art Institute of Chicago, The Bean, The Fountain, and walking along the coast. The weather was ok for mid-May, wasn't too hot or cold. It seems like early summer is the perfect time to visit Chicago. 

 

Walking around Chicago gave me mix feeling of old vs. new. There's a lot of Skyscrapers, but at the same time, we get a glimpse of old Chicago through the architecture of remarkable old hotels and restaurants. 

 

From Wiki

Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, that is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. The sculpture and AT&T Plaza are located on top of Park Grill, between the Chase Promenade and McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink. Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed The Bean because of its shape.

 

Millennium Park includes everything we wanted to visit in Chicago. Beside The Cloud Gate, there was Crown Fountain and also Lurie Garden, the Park has become the central tourist destination in Chicago. 

 

Cute Kid 

 

From Wiki

Crown Fountain is an interactive work of public art and video sculpture featured in Chicago's Millennium Park, which is located in the Loop community area. Designed by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa and executed by Krueck and Sexton Architects, it opened in July 2004. The fountain is composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers. The towers are 50 feet (15.2 m) tall, and they use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to display digital videos on their inward faces.

 

Gorgeous place for Jogging

 

My parents rarely get time off. As Restaurant Owner they spend most of their effort/time in managing the business. So for me, it was happy to seem them less stressed and just enjoying their time off. We were excited to explore the Chinese Food here in Chicago since there is a China Town. We were mainly searching for Shanghainese and Sichuan Restaurants. 

 

Such a beautiful day. Gorgeous Sky. 

 


As like all big cities, people here are bit more active. Seeing Bikers and Joggers everywhere you go. 

From Wiki

Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long (1,010 m) pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. The Navy Pier currently encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities and is the top leisure destination in the Midwest, drawing nearly nine million visitors annually.

 

If you are visiting Chicago, this is the best place to get Dim Sums. MingHin Cusine offers some of the best Dim Sum anywhere. They have a bit mixed of both North and South style Dim Sums. The XiaolongBao here tasted close to home. 

 

Didn't have the time to visit Art Institute of Chicago, so I decide for something smaller. MICA has some interesting exhibition throughout the year. 

 

From Wiki

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago is a contemporary art museum near Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago in Cook CountyIllinoisUnited States. The museum, which was established in 1967, is one of the world's largest contemporary art venues. The museum's collection is composed of thousands of objects of Post-World War II visual art. The museum is run gallery-style, with individually curated exhibitions throughout the year. Each exhibition may be composed of temporary loans, pieces from their permanent collection, or a combination of the two.

 


This was on top of Willis Tower called Skydeck Chicago. Its one of the best view of the city skyline. The line is extremely long, so its best you resever your spot early so you dont have to wait in line for so long. I suggest go during the golden hours so you can witness both night and day view. 

 

For only three days, it too short of a trip to truely explore Chicago. I will most likely coming back for a second visit, or even move here for Grad School.