We had such a lovely two days in Chicago it’s hard to imagine the Windy City will shut down with ice and snow in a matter of months.
First stop was a visit with Vic and Karen Bach and our niece Maddie. She is a bundle of energy, demonstrating gymnastics for us on her trampoline.
We heard that she loved art. We didn’t realize how good she is! This is her drawing of a cow she made for Grandpa Bach.
Someday we will be seeing her art on gallery walls, not just Mom and Dad’s living room. Great job, Maddie. Thanks for a very pleasant visit, Vic and Karen.
The mayors of New York and Chicago have had a running debate over which city has better pizza. New York has thin crust pizza and Chicago’s is definitely not thin! So we had to stop for Chicago deep-dish pizza, this one from Giordano’s, to see what the hullabaloo was about. This one was pretty good!
We visited La Rabida, a children’s hospital that Danny and Susan Real have supported for over 20 years. Originally a tuberculosis recovery center on the waters of Lake Michigan, it now provides chronic and out-patient pediatric care for kids from south Chicago. The very caring workers serve a noble cause.
Danny and Susan are in downtown Chicago, overlooking the waterfront. We walked to Grant Park. I couldn’t find Grant, but did find another president.
The Buckingham Fountain is very popular.
Nancy made a new friend.
And this look back at Chicago from the lake was impressive.
The Reals took us to one of Oprah’s favorite restaurants, Table Fifty-two, where we spoke with celebrity chef Art Smith. We were too timid to take a picture of the chef, but we did get photos of the food.
Danny and Susan, thanks for your hospitality.
We left Chicago and headed north through Wisconsin along the western shore of Lake Michigan. We wanted to stop for lunch at Kohler where the PGA was held in 2010, but Google Maps refused to find a town of Kohler and instead routed us to Sheboygan. We found out Kohler is a giant factory, not a town.
Check your bathroom and you might find a Kohler fixture. The family-run business has been in operation for 137 years and makes vitreous china in fashion colors for bathroom and kitchen fixtures. It’s not just functional, but an art form.
We ate at a restaurant at the American Club across from the factory. Unlike the membership-only American Club experiences we had overseas, this was a building created to welcome the immigrants who came to work in the Kohler factory and help them achieve the status of American citizenship. That contribution to building America might be the longest-lasting fixture that the company built.
From here it’s on to Marinette and Menominee.