Weekend photos

Sunday spent several hours pretending we were tourists, and walking through the Museum Campus, and Northerly Isle, etc. Ate at the Artist's Snack shop, on S. Michigan, for sure that place is stuck in another decade (like the late 1940's or something). My endive soup wasn't bad actually, though $5.25 for an Anchor Steam seems a little steep, especially since it was served in a plastic cup.

Spiral at Adler

Fisherman, Diversey Harbor


Also walked around Northerly Island

Northerly Island is a 91- acre peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan at 1200 South. Chicago's famous architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham imagined Northerly Island as one of the northernmost points in a series of manmade islands stretching between Grant and Jackson Parks. His vision for this park included lagoons, harbors, beaches, recreation areas, a scenic drive and grand stretches of green space that would provide breathtaking views of the lake and City skyline.
Northerly Island and Burnham Park were selected as the site of Chicago's second World's Fair entitled A Century of Progress, 1933-34, and by the early 1930s, Northerly Island had been increased to its present size. In 1938, the Chicago Park District removed the bridge leading to Northerly Island and built a causeway connecting the island to Burnham Park. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Northerly Island featured paths and walkways, scattered trees and grass, a parking lot and the 12th Street Beach.
In 1947, a small airport known as Meigs Field opened under the Exposition Authority Act. Operations at Meigs expanded with the building of an air control tower in 1952. The 50-year lease granted by the park district for Meigs Field expired on September 30, 1996. The City, Park District, and numerous civic organizations agreed that the airport should revert to parkland. Today, Daniel Burnham’s vision is now a reality. With wild prairie grasses taking root, beautiful strolling paths, casual play areas, and a spectacular view of the City skyline, we invite you to come out and enjoy the emerging world of Northerly Island.

Northerly Island field house or something

Northerly Island Plant Life

View of Soldier Field from Northerly Island

Northerly Island, view of Chicago skyline

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