Thursday, October 25, 2007

The rest of the days in Chicago.
I went to an Aquarium. I am so spoiled by the great one in Monterey so this one in Chicago was so so to me. Thought the fish tanks are small and fishes look sad there. Chicagoでは他にしたこと。1.水族館へ行く(水槽が小さくてなんだか寂しそうでした。)

But this puffer fish looks happy and it was so cute! Click the "play icon" to start movie.

Steven took a half day off and we did an architectural river ride. We had a great time on the boat but it got so cold at the end of 1 1/2 hour trip.

Went to Smith & Wollensky for company dinner. We were treated VERY well there. This seafood tower had lobster, crab, oyster, clam, shrimp, prawn, squid and so on....Ohhh, it was good!! 3.会社のディナーにお呼ばれ。ここはステーキハウスだけど魚介類がおいしかった!この前菜のシーフードタワーを見て!生のはまぐりがおいしかった。

This restaurant is famous for steak but I had 3 steaks in 3 weeks so took this Alaskan halibut and it was very tasty. ステーキに食傷ぎみの私はアラスカハリバット(大きいひらめのような魚)を注文。レモンバターソースでいただきま~す。

I had a lot of fun in Chicago. The three weeks has passed very fast. I also enjoyed the library, the yarn shop( I knitted a lot. The photos are coming soon...), walking by the river, Fall colored leaves and so on. Thank you, Chicago!! 他には図書館、毛糸屋さん(たくさん編み物をしたのでそれは又、後ほど)へ行ったり、川沿いを散歩したり、秋色の木々を楽しんだりの3週間でした。シカゴいい街だ!(でも冬には来ない。寒すぎるから。)

Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Art Institute of Chicago is beautiful and ...oh my I can spend whole day there.

They have so many collections from Chinese bowl from 500 AD to Modern Art artist's work.
Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Manet, etc....I spent 4 hours there but I needed to screen some of them because there are too many to finish.

I NEEDED to take a coffee break to energize me with some sweets :)

Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 19, 2007

Since Steven worked all night at office, I went to see Giselle. The local ballet company, the Joffrey ballet is good at contemporary ballet so I was a little worried they would change this classical ballet but like The New York Times review said, their performance was a pure classical 19th century ballet.
I enjoyed it very much from the box sheet with a special price :)
Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Chicago has a lot of beautiful old buildings and modern archiectures so you can enjoy the harmony of old and new.

The local coffee company Intelligentsia serves GREAT coffee and the Baristas even make latte art.

Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 15, 2007

The most proper things to do for Halloween time in Chicago are...

1. Going to a haunted village in downtown.

The curved pumpkins looked so Halloweenish :) and the fountain was dyed pumpkin color!

2. Watching a new Broadway musical, "Wicked" !
Oh it was a great performance. This is the story before the Wizard of Oz and you will find how the props in Wizard of Oz come into the places. We LOVED the voice of the green girl. The theater was also old pretty building with antique decorations.
Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Enjoying time in Chicago. I really like the view from the bridge here. Tall old and new buildings along the bridges and the river water is pretty green from the lake.

It was a cloudy day but we walked to Navy Pier and saw boats and rode a Ferris Wheel.

Posted by Picasa

The Italian dinner at Rosebud was awesome. Especially the Linguine with clam in white wine was great. The clams were big, juicy and tasty in the smooth wine sauce. We will come back here soon. The right-down picture is CaramelCrisp & CheeseCorn popcorn from Garrette. Oh it was soooooo good.

Usual goofy picture of me. I just couldn't resist joining these kids when I saw them.

Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 07, 2007

We are in Chicago now. We will be here for a month and I found a lot of things to see and do in Chicago.
First weekend. We visited our friends who has a barn.

Cows, pigs, horses, dogs and cats...The horses were very beautiful and friendly.
There is a hilarious thing about cows. When our friend shouted "Moo, cows!", some of them went "Moooooo" It was so funny. They understand what he says! When he said "Go into the barn, cows!" They came back to the barn!!

It was still 85 degrees but I found a little fall around the lake.
Posted by Picasa