I met up with Kara, my Chicago Greeter, at the Chicago Cultural Center. She was warm, friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable about the city.
After discussing my interests a bit, we first toured the facility. The building itself is an architectural and historical wonder. The center was originally built as Chicago's first public library and features intricate craftsmanship. There's a large dome of Tiffany glass, marble walls, and painstaking mosaic tile work throughout. Afterwards, we legged it through the theatre district for a bit (I wanted to find out where the Chicago Theatre was, for a tour I'd scheduled later in the week.), and then Kara showed me the flagship Marshall Field's store (now a Macy's). We admired Field's business know-how (He's famous for declaring, "Give the lady what she wants!") and poked our noses into The Walnut Room before heading next door to The Palmer House Hotel. The famous Peacock Doors here were designed by Tiffany himself, weigh more than a half ton, and are worth a million dollars. Wow.
We finished up by making our way to some of Chicago's most notable public art installations: the Picasso (We spent a while discussing what it might be!), Chagall's Four Seasons, and Calder's Flamingo. We ended at the Michigan Avenue Bridge, where we poked our noses into the Vietnam Memorial, and she told me about Fort Dearborn and the Eastland Boat Disaster.
I had such a great time with Kara. She gave me so many tips for the rest of my stay in the city and so many fascinating tidbits of information about Chicago. I recommend that you schedule a Chicago Greeter Tour, and that you do it on one of the first days of your stay. It will add so much to your visit!
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