Monday, July 06, 2009
On Day 5 of our stay in Chicago, we went up the Sears Tower and went on an Architecture Cruise from Navy Pier. The highlight of the Sears Tower for me is the glass floor (retractable) viewing deck. There were a few along one side of the tower. However, I like the view better from John Hancock Observatory tower.
The Architecture Cruise was a tour on the Chicago River and its architectural landmarks and and insight on how Chicago was built. The tour guide we had was certainly knowledgeable and entertaining, recounting the dramatic story of Chicago's rise from the Great Fire of 1871 to become the home of the skyscraper and the cradle of modern America architecture. Along the one-hour cruise are remarkable buildings by world famous architects including Miles van der Rohe, Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Helmut Jahn.
After the cruise, Aidan spent half an hour playing at the Navy Pier fountain, along with other kids and splashed away the afternoon. Aidan also met up with a not so nice character at the fountain, which we called Buckwheat with similar hair features from Little Rascals. He happened to be punching all the kids splashing at the fountain, including Aidan who came up to me and Wallace complaining. All we can do is tell him to avoid him.