Chicago Day 5: Centennial Fountain

After lunch, Ben brought us to Centennial Fountain to have a closer look. We saw the hourly water arc from the boat of the Architecture Cruise.

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It was quite a long walk as I recalled.

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The Centennial Fountain was erected for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

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A side view of the fountain. Continue reading

Chicago Day 5: Parks Walking Tour

After breakfast, we did a little shopping. Then Ben decided to go for a walking tour.

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The walking tour registration is at the Railway Exchange Building where we can find the Chicago city model of the downtown Loop area. We were actually a few minutes late for the tour but still able to join in as the group had not leave the building.

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I could not remember of the sequence and path of the walk. I think the first stop is the south park of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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The above two photos were from the south park. Continue reading

Chicago Day 5: Chick-fil-A

Back on the Chicago travel series.

On the fifth day morning, we went to Chick-Fil-A for breakfast.

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Nanzaro was keen to try Chick-fil-A for the first time.

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There is a story board about Chick-fil-A in the restaurant.

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Ben was still full from yesterday dinner. so he decided to skip breakfast. He did have a Keurig coffee from our hotel room.

I had a Spicy Chicken Biscuit. The chicken was crispy. Continue reading

Chicago Day 4: Cheesecake Factory

After the visit to the John Hancock Center, we went to The Cheesecake Factory on the ground floor for a snack.

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This is a popular location and there is a short wait for a table.

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We simply had to gawk at the display of cakes while waiting for our table.

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The place was dim and not good for photography.

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I had a Mango Keylime Cheesecake as I wanted something of a less rich flavour. Continue reading

Chicago Day 4: John Hancock Center

We walked to the John Hancock Center from the Water Tower where we hopped off the Hop On Hop Off Bus.

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The John Hancock Center is another skyscraper with a 360 degree view observatory. The observatory is located on the 94th floor of the 100th floor building.

Unfortunately, the TILT platform is closed for maintenance while we were there.

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Here are some of the views from the observatory. The above is the view of Navy Pier.

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Chicago Day 4: Buckingham Fountain

After our lunch in Chinatown, we took Uber to Buckingham Fountain, located in the center of Grant Park.

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Buckingham Fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world.

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The four sea horses around the fountain symbolizes the four states; Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana which border Lake Michigan.

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The fountain itself represents Lake Michigan. Continue reading

Chicago Day 4: Chinatown

Chicago Chinatown is located at the South Side, which is not the safest place to explore.

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The Chicago Chinatown has over 100 years of history. We find that it is not as buzzing as the Toronto Chinatown that we recently visited.

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The Chinatown Gate which is modeled after a wall in Beijing.

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View of the Chinatown Gate from a different side.

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Chinatown’s 9 Dragon Wall. The wall is actually decorated with over 500 dragons. Continue reading

Chicago Day 4: Field Museum of Natural History

The last museum we visited in the Museum Campus Chicago was the Field Museum of Natural History. The entrance to all these museum is covered by the Go Chicago card. The good thing is the museums are all within walking distance.

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The Field Museum of Natural History is one of the largest natural history museums in the world with up to 2 million visitors annually.

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The main hall.

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These African elephants is one of the first Field Museum icons since 1909. Continue reading

Chicago Day 4: Shedd Aquarium

Our next destination in the Museum Campus Chicago is Shedd Aquarium.

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Shedd Aquarium which opened in 1930 was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. One million US gallons of seawater from Key West was transported to the Shedd Aquarium via railroad.

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Man With Fish sculpture by Stephan Balkenhol.

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The exhibits are by regions like Amazon, Caribbean, Waters of the World, Great Lakes, etc. Here are some of the photos we took.

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Catfish swims in schools to protect themselves from predators. Continue reading