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Dinner and a cruise

This evening we went down to the Chicago river for one of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s river cruises.  This was a wonderful trip, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has the least interest in American architecture.  The docent was extremely knowledgeable, and you get a great view of the city at night.  If […]

A walk up Michigan Ave

It was a nice day, especially for Chicago, so we decided to take a walk up Michigan Avenue on the way back to the hotel.  We walked along the park quite a ways, and came across the Spertus Institute, a distinctive building face, to say the least.  One of CVH’s guidebooks recommended it, and the […]

Manny’s for lunch

We left the Field Museum and took the bus across downtown to Manny’s Coffee Shop and Deli, “Chicago’s Best Corned Beef Since 1942”.  I haven’t been around since 1942, but the corned beef was very good indeed.  As was the chopped liver and the cole slaw. And the matzo ball soup was the best I’ve […]

Chicago III

CVH was in the mood to take an out-of-town vacation, and due to her work with the local Jewish community, she is only able to take days off during Jewish holidays.  Yom Kippur arrived at the end of September, giving us an opportunity for a long weekend out of town.  I thought Eastern Kentucky (Red […]


Last weekend we visited the grand estate of George Vanderbilt, Biltmore.  I probably would have enjoyed the trip more if I hadn’t been suffering the allergy attack from hell. We got up extra early on Thursday to catch the tour bus.  The pickup point was not in what you would call the best part of […]

24 Hours in…Indy

CVH is still, after all these years, a rabid Houston Rockets basketball fan.  She watches all the games on TV. So when a business associate and all-around good guy mentioned to me that he had season tickets to the Pacers and would be happy to host us for the Pacers-Rockets game, CVH marked it on […]

Road trip to Indiana

The weather is warming, the sun is shining, and after a long winter, CVH was itching to take a “road trip”.  Since we couldn’t leave until after nine a.m., and had to be home by dark, it was going to be an day road trip.  She wanted to see some of French Lick, I wanted […]

It snows in Chicago in the winter

Woke up to massive amounts of snow falling on downtown.  Fortunately, the free breakfast at the hotel included biscuits and gravy so I was able to steel myself for the ordeal. We took the brown train and rode around town a little, looking out at all the snow falling.  At one stop, there was a […]

Museum of Science and Industry

Another classic Chicago museum, built on the grounds of the 1893 Colombian exposition.  They had put their WW II submarine in a new exhibit since I was last there as a kid, so we decided to see that first, before the crowds show up.  This exhibit knocks it out of the park, and is a […]

The Art Institute of Chicago

After leaving the Field Museum, it was still bitterly cold outside, so we took a cab this time to the Art Institute rather than wait on the bus.  I don’t know how the natives handle this weather day in and day out for months on end. The Big Deal for Christmas at the Art Institute […]