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  • Ute Buehler

ROUTE 66, Start in Chicago

I love Chicago. For me, a trip to this city is as exciting as a trip to New York. And in every major city I happen to be, a trip to the top of the highest building is a must. And so is taking a picture. From the observation deck of the Sears Building (renamed the Willis Tower for Willis Group that acquired it in 2009) we had a fabulous view of downtown and over to Lake Michigan. And on this nice and clear morning it was the Shining Lake.

Chicago’s gorgeous Jay Pritzker Pavilion Music Hall was (obviously, may I say) constructed by architect Frank Gehry. He built it between 1999 and 2004 for $60 million. It was named after Jay Pritzker whose family owns the Hyatt Hotels, and who donated 50% of the cost. Its location is right in the Millennium Park off Randolph Street on Lake Michigan.

We were here the first time in June 2004, right after its opening premiere. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, listening to concerts sitting on the lawn, picnicking with friends–fun. And we love to return often to Chicago, enjoy Rush Street, live in quaint old AirBnBs, enjoy great food and shopping and, more importantly, great art shows in Chicago’s museums (my favorite being the Museum of Contemporary Art.)

The Chicago Dog

Place hot dog in the steamed bun. Pile on the toppings in this order: yellow mustard, sweet green pickle relish, onion, tomato wedges, pickle spear, sport peppers, and celery salt. The tomatoes should be nestled between the hot dog and the top of the bun.

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