Chicago, IL–By the time the summer visitors arrive, work on the Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River will be history. The bridge carries the city’s famous El trains over the river to and from the Loop, road traffic over it, foot traffic alongside. And of course ferry and other river traffic flows beneath it. For those of us who have watched this fascinating rebuilding, it’s a feat of engineering.
New sections were built offsite, then floated on huge platforms to the old bridge. The original 1922 sections were cut away in two phases, and the final new section is being installed now. While Wells Street Bridge construction is not as famous as the 1883 Brooklyn Bridge, it evokes similar reactions of amazement from passersby.
Next time you’re in the city, you might want to take a moment to reflect on the amazing architecture over the river as well as alongside it.
Chicago, IL–Buckingham Fountain in Chicago’s Grant Park makes its spring splash! One more reason to love this city. Did you know it’s one of the largest fountains in the world and runs from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.? Light and music shows lasting 20 minutes begin at dusk, with the last show at 10 p.m.. Buckingham Fountain will keep spouting this year ’till mid-October.
Chicago, IL–It’s tulip time on the Magnificent Mile. Hundreds of bulbs have already burst into bloom, and views are free. Beginning May 7, a gorgeous floral carpet of more than 6,000 live tulips and other flowers will climb the stairs from the John Hancock Center Plaza up to North Michigan Ave.. There’s even a stunning pink and yellow tulip named after Mayor Daley’s wife, Tulippa Maggie Daley. And if all this tulip mania inspires you to buy some for yourself, step up to the vendors at the John Hancock Center flower market, where cut flowers and bulbs will be sold, from Thursday, May 7 through Mother’s Day weekend. Ah, spring.
Chicago, IL–Used to be the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) served as Chicago’s icon. Now, it has to be CloudGate, the shiny bean-shaped sculpture by Anish Kapoor in Milleunnium Park. Locals and visitors are drawn to view their reflection, take photos, and touch the beautiful polished stainless-steel amoeba that spans 66 feet by 33 feet. In any season, the bean’s the best.