Monday, December 9, 2013

Chicago… My Kind of Town

Chicago is my kind of town. It exudes raw energy that ricochets off the skyscrapers. You cannot help but feel the excitement of the city. There is an endless array of things to see and do. I feel so invigorated when I visit this vibrant city.

While the snow swirls around outside I thought I would continue my adventure with friends from this summer. After our lunch at Three Floyds and a night at Karen's we spent a few days enjoying Chicago

Whether you look up or down there is always an interesting gem to admire, be it an architectural detail or an inviting space. It is a wonder I have never twisted an ankle while visiting Chicago I am always gawking up, down, and all around, breathing in the beauty of the city.

One of the things I admire most about large cities is their ability to squeeze out every inch of possible green space. With all the concrete and steel every bit of flora is appreciated. I love the stark contrast between the rigid architecture and the graceful plants. They definitely compliment one another.

With all the energy of the city it is nice to have the calming effect of beautiful flowers and soothing water whether from Lake Michigan, the Chicago River , or a secluded fountain. 

Chicago's Michigan Avenue, also known as the Magnificent Mile, never fails to impress, not only for the world-class shopping, but for the creative mix of plants and art that border the streets. Each block has its own theme. How clever to use picture frames to 'frame' the plants. 

The undulating curves of the skyscrapers creative a feeling of vertigo as the flowers cling to the sides to soften the hard exteriors.

Chicago elevates their landscaping to fine art. The giant heads crowned with floral headdresses certainly made a dramatic statement. 

Luxuriant planters tucked into the windowsills create a lush backdrop for the bright blue bicycles that wait patiently to be ridden. 

Classic and modern architecture live in harmony in Chicago's impressive skyline. 

Chicago my kind of town indeed!

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