How about this helicopter on one of the cruise ships that takes tourists out on Lake Michigan? Now why the heck would you need a helicopter?
Isn't this a cute kiosk? But could you imagine answering the phone, "Completely Nuts, can I help you?"
We walked to the end of the pier and saw this HUGE anchor. It weighs 8 tons and is from the USS Chicago III.
There were many places to chose from for lunch, but we decided on Riva.
I had not heard of it before, but apparently it's quite popular with celebrities. I guess it's their "thing" to have celebrities sign a plate and then hang them on the wall, maybe proving they ate there? (I notice that they didn't ask ME to sign a plate!)
Here are famous plates from:
|Vince Vaughn and Ted Koppel|
Those is a brass plates underneath with the celebrity's name, in case you can't read their handwriting! I saw Bill and Hillary Clinton, and even President Obama ate there (before he was president).
I guess this restaurant's specialty is seafood. I ordered shrimp and I can testify that it was pretty good!
Jim ordered the blue-cheeseburger on a hot cross bun. Both lunches were delish!
After lunch we headed back down the pier. On the way we passed these circus mirrors as part of an attraction. I snapped this photo of a young family looking at their changing shapes in the mirrors. I love taking photos of the people around me, especially if they are unaware.
We crossed the street and went to Gateway Park, a 19-acre park, with Navy Pier bordering on the East, and nestled against skyscrapers on the West. Gateway Park is known for its eclectic art display each summer. It didn't disappoint us! Here are some of the pieces.
Included in the Gateway Park 2011 Artwalk, but located outside of the park, under the viaduct at Lake Shore Drive and Grand Avenue is this beautiful mural poster. It was painted by Shepard Fairey, the artist best known for his Barack Obama "Hope" poster in 2008. This "Obey" mural looks like album covers and measures 130 feet long by 10 feet high. I saw it when the taxi whizzed by it and wanted to yell, "STOP"!, but, it wasn't to be. Sooo, thankfully, there's INTERNET!!
Two favorites that are always at the park are:
This wonderful fountain that kids (or adults!) can play in on a hot day. This particular day all kiddies were back in school! I was very tempted to put my hot, tired dogs in this cool water!
and the Bob Newhart statue. Here he is as his character Dr. Robert Hartley, psychologist. The Bob Newhart Show was filmed in Chicago.
Another one of those moments I captured.....a little girl trying to photograph a baby squirrel.
TO BE CONTINUED