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Back in Chicago for a brief visit

I finally made it back to Chicago for a brief visit after moving away last September. I spent this past Thursday and part of Friday wandering around the city before heading home to Northwest Ohio for Mother’s Day weekend. After taking the red-eye from SFO to ORD, I arrived Thursday morning to rain and chilly weather, but fortunately the rain & clouds cleared for blue skies & sunshine later Thursday afternoon and into Friday. I covered over 30 miles on foot (18+ miles Thursday and 12+ miles Friday) during my day and a half and snapped these photos along the way. I really enjoyed being back in my favorite American city!

1. Walking through Terminal 3 – Concourse C at 5:40 am after a red-eye from SFO.


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5. Catching the brown line from the Chicago station


6. Hopped off the brown line train at Damen and walked around Ravenswood, including a visit to Groundswell Coffee Roasters (one of my favorites when I lived not too far away before my move).


7. Andersonville


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9. Love these greystones in Andersonville!


10. Had to stop by La Boulangerie in Ravenswood where they have my favorite ham & cheese croissants (especially great when they’re warm/right out of the oven)


11. After wandering around Ravenswood, Andersonville, and Uptown, I caught the brown line at Montrose back to downtown.


12. Merchandise Mart station on the brown line.


13. Views from the Gold Coast


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21. Lincoln Park (the neighborhood)


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23. Off to the lakefront at Fullerton as the skies finally began clearing.


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27. The view from near Diversey Harbor along the lakefront.


28. Belmont Harbor


29. Lakeview


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35. Lincoln Square


36. The following morning, I snapped a photo of the view from my hotel room looking towards One Chicago currently under construction.


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38. Heading up Milwaukee Ave towards Wicker Park/Bucktown


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48. Up to the 606/Bloomingdale Trail at the Damen Ave entrance.


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59. Border zone for Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village along Division Street (they were setting up the outdoor dining for lunch but it was still mid-morning so there weren’t many diners yet).


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65. Chicago Ave


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68. Fulton Market District


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72. Delicious lunch at Green Street Smoked Meats – brisket and elote.


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78. Madison Ave


79. Riverside Plaza


80. Washington Ave bridge with Millennium Park/Pritzker Pavilion at the end.


81. The new Riverwalk section underneath the new Bank of America tower.


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83. Near Wolf Point at the confluence of the north, south, and main branch of the Chicago River.


84. Walking along the Riverwalk.


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89. Great view along Wacker Drive!


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94. River North


95. Once Chicago is getting so tall I couldn’t fit it all in using my iPhone.


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And that’s all. I can’t wait until I’m able to return again to sweet home Chicago!
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Fantastic photos/tour.

Man do I ever love Chi-town.
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Nice pictures!
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