All Wright 2014 House Walk, Oak Park Illinois

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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park Illinois

This year was a milestone year for the Frank Lloyd Wright House Walk Tour in Oak Park Illinois. It was the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the 40th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

I had always wanted to attend a FLW House Walk Tour but never thought I would make it to Chicago to do so. Chicago was a scary big city, expensive to get to (it’s actually cheaper for me to fly to the east coast than to Chicago) and I was positive no one would want to spend an entire day traipsing though a bunch of FLW homes with me. Continue reading

Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise Photo Essay

Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise

Looking at the Willis Tower from the Chicago River

We have been having some weird weather this year. I came to realize this when I was in Chicago this May and it snowed. Snow in May – Seriously?

So on the day that it snowed I had pre-booked a Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise. As I boarded the boat I figured I was tough enough to handle the cold air and crappy weather. I have spent plenty of days aboard a fishing boat in North Idaho on freezing cold days – how could this be much different? Check out that photo below. I was outside on the deck of the boat that day. YIKES right?

Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise

An icy day out on the lake

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The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, Chicago Illinois

Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, Chicago Illinois

The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, Chicago Illinois

Money, money, money
Must be funny
In the rich man’s world
Money, money, money
Always sunny
In the rich man’s world
Aha-ahaaa
All the things I could do
If I had a little money
It’s a rich man’s world
-Abba

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The Rookery Building, Chicago Illinois

Rookery Building Chicago Illinois

Rookery Building Chicago Illinois

In 1871 The Great Fire of Chicago ripped through the city leaving massive destruction in its path. As the city began to rebuild the architects pushed the envelope with new innovative structures. The Rookery Building was one of those structures. Daniel Burnham and John Root were commissioned in 1885 to design a building for the Central Safety Deposit Company. Burnham and Root’s building was inclusive of metal framing, fire proofing (can’t really blame them, right?), an elevator and plate-glass. The Rookery stood at an impressive 11 stories tall, the tallest building in Chicago at the time. The Rookery is now considered the oldest standing skyscraper in the city of Chicago. Continue reading

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Hyde Park Illinois

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House

If you have been reading my blog for a while you may have figured out that I am a Frank Lloyd Wright fan. I collect FLW house tours like one collects ball-caps of their favorite baseball team. There are a few houses that Wright designed that one should visit in my opinion: Fallingwater, Taliesin, Taliesin West, Wright’s Home and Studio and lastly The Frederick C Robie House. The Robie House is a stunning representation of Wright’s Prairie Style work. Continue reading

Seeing Chicago from the Willis Tower’s 103rd floor

The Willis Tower

The Willis Tower (left)

The tallest building in my town is 5 stories. Imagine that. Just 5 floors. You could probably sprint to the top floor in under 2 minutes. The tallest building in Chicago Illinois is 110 floors. Slight difference… and there probably isn’t any sprinting to the top.

Formally known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower has stood proudly in the heart of Chicago since the 1970’s. The building took 3 years to complete with the help of around 2000 workers. The building has some impressive statistics: the amount of concrete to make the building could pave an eight-lane, 5 mile (8 km) long highway, 25,000 miles (40233 km) of plumbing fill the building, 1500 miles (2414 km) of electric wiring snakes it’s way around the building and lastly there is 80 miles (128 km) of elevator cable. Continue reading

I Backpackish Chicago

Backpacking Chicago

The Bean in Millenium Park

You’re probably wondering what the hell do I mean by backpackish Chicago, right? Don’t worry when I told my friends I was going to backpackish Chicago even they gave me a funny look… probably the same look you are giving the computer screen now. Continue reading

How To Plan A Vacation The Paws For Beer Way

bribed with a treat Boomer looks like he cares (a little more) about planning out our trip!

bribed with a treat Boomer looks like he cares (a little more) about planning out our trip!

My friends and I joke often that I should be a travel agent. Except I’m not joking. I think I would be excellent at it. I love to travel, I love to plan and I love to share my thoughts on where I have been. Sounds like the perfect fit to me!

I am often asked for advice on where to travel to. I seem to specialize in road trips, as many of friends have been moving away :-( and they want to know what there is to do along the way to their new destination. I oblige them, give them my recommendations and send them on their way with a small frown on my face. No one likes to see a friend leave, right? Continue reading

Wine Tasting in Temecula California

wine tasting in temecula california

Temecula Cable Car Wine Tours

Anyone who has gone wine tasting with their friends knows it is no fun being the driver. You are limited from drinking most of the day while your friends progressively get drunker and drunker. I don’t know about you but I am not a fan of being around people who are drunk when I am stone cold sober!

So while visiting Temecula my friend Meg and I sought out a car service to cart us both around so neither one of us had to miss out on the fun. We chose Temecula Cable Car Wine Tours. I thought it would be fun bouncing around wine country in a cable car! Continue reading