Jo’s Monday Walk…the Windy City

Posted: January 20, 2020 in Monday walk
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Today you’ll be happy to be doing a virtual walk, as this walk was cold and windy, windy being a trademark of Chicago, and as I’m writing this, it’s also cold and windy. But you don’t even have to bundle up, whereas this poor lion in front of the Art Institute of Chicago was wearing nothing but a wreath. (He’s even blue with cold!) The enormous line of people waiting were bundled up a lot more.

We’ve seen part of the weaving exhibit at the musuem, but today we’re going to venture around the environs of the museum, heading toward The Bean, more formally known as Cloud Gate, in Millennium Park. But first let’s take a look at Crown Fountain, where the faces change regularly in all seasons, but no water comes out in winter. Wonder why? 🙂

Conceptual artist Jaume Plensa’s interactive, larger-than-life video sculpture is composed of a black granite reflecting pool positioned between a pair of 50-foot glass brick towers that use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to display digital videos. From May through October, the faces of Chicago locals spout water from pouting lips, showering splashers with cooling spray.


Debuting in 2005, British artist Anish Kapoor’s first outdoor public sculpture in the United States and one of the largest of its kind in the world, The Bean, as it’s more familiarly known, is an iconic Chicago landmark and destination. If you want to be nice, you could offer to take pictures for people so they can all get in the shot. I’ve done it and people really appreciate it because who wants to be left out of the photo and it’s really much too big to catch in a selfie at arm’s length!

When it’s cold enough, the hardy can be found ice skating. Has to be warmer than waiting in line for the Museum. At least you’re moving!

As with all good walks in winter, you should eventually end up indoors, preferably somewhere with good food and drink. Miller’s Pub had been recommended to our younger daughter and although there was a line for tables, we managed to find two seats at the end of the bar. (You might enjoy the story of the pub if you click on the link above.) Her friend had also recommended the Tom and Jerry, described by Wikipedia as:

…a traditional Christmastime cocktail in the United States, devised by British journalist Pierce Egan in the 1820s. It is a variant of eggnog with brandy and rum added and served hot, usually in a mug or a bowl.

I don’t do eggnog, but my daughter tried and like it and our bartender was excellent.

We were also ready to eat. This was her meal, which looked amazing. I had a corned beef sandwich, only to realize once again that, except for perhaps New York City, there’s no corned beef like that in Cleveland! We did, however, have a great time and I hope you did as well.

for Jo’s Monday Walk

  1. It looks so cold, Janet.

  2. Hello
    I really liked to see this street art on a brick tower
    The tour seemed very pleasant to do despite the cold and I salivate in front of the plate of good food very appetizing

    • It was a good trip and we were prepared for the cold, which helped. 🙂 The face is actually lots of lights that change periodically, which is so much fun.

      Thanks for the visit and comment.


  3. Sue says:

    Ooh, thank you for theVirtual walk, Janet!

  4. marianallen says:

    I would much rather be cozy than chilled, but it would be worth the chill to visit Chicago!

    • It’s quite nice in summer, Marian, but if you have to stay in the city, my understanding is that it’s much more expensive then, too. Of course, you could stay elsewhere and take the train in, but for a big city, it’s quite nice and walk-able.


  5. I did enjoy that virtual walk, thank you. I don’t do eggnog either, but I love corned beef. But it’s definitely one of those dishes that I like from only a few locations.

    • Outside of Cleveland, the biggest issue for me is that the corned beef isn’t sliced super, super thin, then stacked, rather than taking thicker pieces of meat. Glad you enjoyed the walk and there were lots of other choices at the pub. I should have known better with the corned beef, but… 🙂

  6. skating can warm you up real quick, nice tour thanks a bunch

  7. restlessjo says:

    I always have a good time in your company, Janet 🙂 🙂 I don’t like seafood with pasta but I’ll have a mug of that egg nog please! Love the idea of the video sculpture. Some people are just SO clever!

    • And I’m always glad to have your company, Jo. There were plenty other food choices and lots of drink choices. You would have loved the Tom and Jerry! There are so many amazing sculptures and then there are those that look as if they were pieces left over from construction and then painted…or not. 🙂

  8. scr4pl80 says:

    Yummy pasta dish. I’m craving some really good pasta. I’ve been eating the pasta zero tofu stuff lately but no matter how much pesto I put in, it’s not quite the same. That face thing sounds very cool. Thanks for taking us on the trip today, Janet.

  9. Resa says:

    Fab walk, Janet!
    You’ve shared some of Chicago’s wonderful public art here.
    The Lion is my fave! Thank you!

  10. Su Leslie says:

    Prawn, peas and pasta — perfect. Thanks for sharing your walk Janet. It’s so hot here, I’m kind of wishing it wasn’t a virtual stroll for me.

  11. You covered ALL the basis in this one post – love it. Food, drink, exercise, art, AND the lion with the wreath. 🙂

  12. de Wets Wild says:

    So glad I could tag along through Chicago’s streets – thank you, Janet!

  13. Great walk! The pasta looks yummy!! Miam!

  14. joey says:

    Looks like a good time 😀

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  16. margaret21 says:

    I love the photo you’ve taken using the Anish Kapoor.