Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go downtown
Things will be great when you’re downtown
No finer place for sure, downtown
Everything’s waiting for you. ♫♪♫
You remember the song? Petula Clark……1964?? Maybe not. But it is hard for us old folks not to be humming the lyrics as we learn our way around downtown Chicago….where everything really is waiting for you!
So we are happy to report that we have arrived safely in Chicago and have moved into our new home for the next month. Have to admit it was a bit odd completely emptying out the car and stowing her away in a downtown garage. We have a nice apartment in the neighborhood called River North. As you probably surmise, we are just north of the Chicago river, directly across the street from Trump Tower. Our 42nd floor view is this:
You can see the John Hancock building on the left, the Tribune Tower directly in front of us and the river (and Standard Oil Building) to the right. In between all the buildings you can see Lake Michigan. Trump is just to the right but too big to photograph from our unit. Very cool at night, especially the Tribune Tower.
Friday night we had dinner with our good friends Chuck and Rachel Rosenberg at their son Jonah’s condo in Old Town. Special thanks to Jonah and Lauren (his girlfriend) for making a beautiful Shabbat dinner. We are pretty mad at ourselves for forgetting to take a picture*#%&*! Guess we’ll have to do it again! 🙂
Saturday was spent cleaning the apartment and organizing all of our…stuff. Walked to the grocery store (hadn’t been to a Jewel Grocery store in quite some time), and then walked to the theater to meet my sister Linda and friend Margaret for a movie (Million Dollar Arm) and walked to dinner (Lyfe Kitchen) before walking home. We recommend both venues!
Sunday we ventured down to the 8th floor to do laundry (ah, the safe neighborhood on the 8th floor) and had dinner with my Aunt Cori (87 and looking great), cousins Janet and Amy (remember her from Durham?), and sister Linda. Aunt Cori took us to a great seafood restaurant across the street from her place in Evanston called Davis Street Fish Market. I had the Cioppino and yes, it was as good as it looks!
We had a great visit comparing notes on traveling over a really tasty Chocolate Smore Pie (another missed picture). Thanks again Aunt Cori. We are looking forward to seeing you again (and again) during our Chicago visit.
Today we finally got back to relative normalcy (whatever that is!). Made our own breakfast in our own kitchen, worked out (I love running in this city) and made our own lunch in our own kitchen. Was planing to make dinner in our own kitchen but instead decided to walk next door to Andy’s Jazz Club where we were wonderfully entertained by the Chicago Jazz Orchestra Sextet while enjoying a really delicious meal.
We’ve now experienced more Jazz concerts in the last month than the previous 35 years. I guess better late than never.
Here are a few more pictures from our first couple days ….downtown.
Looking forward to Adam and Ryan’s visit this weekend (finally another guest blogger), the Cubs vs. Yankees at Wrigley, and visiting with family and friends over the next few weeks.
Now, for your listening pleasure (skip the ad): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sku-1hqA5xw