Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wednesday 26 July - Chicago Art Institute

The flight to Chicago was quick and our bags came through in good time.  First order of business was to get 7 day CTA transit passes.  We will only need 5 days but it is still a bargain at $23.  Blue Line down town was a little slow but we weren't in a hurry.  The hotel, La Quinta, is good.  Found a TMobile store where I bought a prepaid sim card, unlimited voice, text and data 5 days for $20 including the price of the sim card.

We had lunch at the Italian Village which was pretty good (salmon/roast chicken breast) and very filling.

The Art Institute of Chicago is excellent but very difficult to navigate.  We spent a lot of time trying to figure out where we were. The French impressionists and American paintings were very good, also the Chagall America Windows, I was pleased to see a Monet of the Gare St. Lazare and Pisarro's painting of the Crystal Palace.  We were getting tired but had to see the exquisite miniature rooms depicting different periods and styles, all in 1" to the foot.
Monet Gare St. Lazare

Monet Water lillies

Grant Wood American Gothic
Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein
Marc Chagall America Window

Miniature room
A quick look around later on revealed some startling architecture.

Supper was a sub and a cupcake.

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