Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chicago-part II

Here are a few more pics of our day in the big city this past Sunday..

The Palmer House in one of the oldest hotels in Chicago and the architecture and elegance of it never ceases to impress me.

For those of you who were Saturday Night Live followers in the late 70's/early 80's, this is the famous Billy Goat Tavern from the John Belushi & Dan Akroyd skit "Cheezborger, Cheezborger." We've tried to find this the last couple of trips to Chicago and never could.
With an odd twist, we ended up on Lower Wacker Drive (not a great place to be walking around). As we were finding our way back up to civilization, we turned a corner and there it was. We had just eaten lunch and were stuffed, but since we found it, we had to at least buy one Cheezborger and split it up amongst us. Not a bad burger!

We happened upon this place on Erie Street. This home was built in 1886 for the President of the Chicago, Rock Island, Pacific Railway Company. It looked like this little oasis of Old Chicago amongst the skyscrapers.
I can't imagine how the people who lived here felt over the years as they were being surrounded by all of that concrete.


  1. Aren't old hotels just the best when it comes to architecture? We just had a company dinner Monday night at the Roanoke Hotel built in the 1800's. It was just fabulous looking. I will be going back on a sunny day just to take photos outdoors there. Love your Chicago photos and thanks for sharing them with all of us.

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  2. Lori - you saw alot more of the city than we did since we were running in a freezing downpour.

    - Suzanne

  3. no i think you win with the cold! we've only gotten 4-5" and not really any's so cold that it all stays in powder form! here's to a lot of hot chocolate and some great projects to keep us happy indoors!

  4. This is so neat to see. Thanks for sharing. Looks like you had a great time.