Thursday, June 12, 2008

Day 3 & 4: Amish country to Chicago

Drove through the outer edge of Ohio's Amish country. I hadn't realized that it's much larger than the community in Pennsylvania. We stopped in at Lehman's hardware, which looks to have had humble amish country beginnings stocking loads of non electronic hardware and kitchen appliances. Nowadays, it seems to be something of a tourist destination.

Our stay in Chicago was brief. We really enjoyed cooling down in Millenium Park, exploring the Wicker Park neighborhood, and our evening visit to the Art Institute. Turns out Thursday and Friday nights at the Art Institute of Chicago are free ALL summer! We wished we had more time to spend there, but enjoyed what we saw.

Can you find us in this picture? You'll need to click on the picture to see it in a larger size.

Happened upon this Dave Eggers storefront in Wicker Park, unfortunately it was closed.

We also did an architecture tour of the city by boat, VERY dry, but a nice way to see the city.If you are headed to Chicago and considering a boat tour, I suggest avoiding the Chicago Architecture Foundation tour (unless you are looking to catch up on some sleep). All they did was point out buildings and name the architecture firm. Nine times out of ten the firm was Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

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