Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Day Two in Chicago 2014: This is not a pipe

Rooftop lounge at The Godfrey
Because we travel with a teenager we have to be prepared to eat alone; thus, when J was unable to rise at the ungodly hour of nine a.m. on our second day we retired to the rooftop lounge at the Godfrey for breakfast, sans fils. Excellent breakfast at moderate prices!

R and J at Shedd Aquarium
R had purchased tickets for the Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, near Lake Michigan - it was quite expansive and busy. The building was overflowing with children and school groups bearing identical tees for identification. We did many wondrous things there ...  

Some touched sting-rays ...

J and Sting 
Some stared at the jelly fish in wonder ... 

Someone cried when they were told the story of Cruz, the rescued sea lion, who had been blinded by bullets when shot in the face ... (I won't say who). 

Cruz, the sea lion who was rescued
Some took photos, not of fish but of the beautiful art deco details of the aquarium ...

The aquarium has a beautiful outdoor patio that looks on to Lake Michigan where we had a very decent lunch. 

View from the Shedd Aquarium
Afterwards we scooted to the exhibit Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 at the Chicago Institute of Art. The lighting is very subdued in the gallery which lends it a somewhat funereal aspect but the work still shocks, still enthralls. It's a beautiful museum.

This is not a pipe

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