The four times Gary and I have visited Chicago, we visited the museums. Seriously, all I've ever seen of Chicago is the airport and Michigan Street.
This time, since Gary was not along, I ventured ... on to State Street!
Two streets under my belt. I am a world traveler.
Here's something you'll see on State that you won't see on Michigan: Hookers. I assume they were hookers. They were in their late thirties, flat shoes, short pea coats, no makeup. Doesn't sound sexy? Totally bare-legged, both of them, in 18 degree weather. And they weren't going anywhere, they had a pronounced come-hither stance. They may still be there outside Macy's (Nee Marshall Fields).
Not only has Marshall Fields changed names just to confuse me, I discovered (and this shames me a bit) the Sears tower is not the same tower as the Hancock tower. "Oh, the Sears tower," I shrug, "I was there as a child." Evidently not.
(Yeah, I don't know about this Chicago Dildo Spire there on the left. It hasn't been erected yet.)
Another thing that makes Chicago exotic: next to Macy's on State there is a Target store. It is so odd to see a Target that is not on a highway exit. (Aside from the citified Target, I don't get why I should go shopping in Chicago. I've never shopped there. Tiffany's and Ikea are the only stores I know of that we don't have in St. Louis.)
I walked many blocks on State. I think we need an international standard for a city block, because I can tell you a Paris city block is four times longer than a Chicago city block. I can say that I have a very inflated idea of how many calories I burn walking a city block. ("I walked ten city blocks, so that must have worked off that 15 ounce steak I had for lunch.")
I got kind of excited by the prospect of taking an architecture tour, but the desk clerk convinced me to wait till spring so I can take the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. It got kudos from the desk clerk, and then a stranger standing in line vehemently agreed with him.
Perhaps I can convince Gary to try it next time. The location given is the Southeast corner of Michigan & Wacker, so I've got that going for me.