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Chicago (Day 3): Thanksgiving Holiday

Saturday, 28 November. Index.

I stayed up pretty late the night before talking on Skype with friends and family, and I woke up late today – which was probably just as well, since many things were closed. In the afternoon, I took a walk around the neighborhood where my apartment is at, including a trip to the supermarket and the post-office. I bought about $10 worth of food that has lasted me four meals so far (supplemented a little bit by my giant bag of craisins), and will likely last me at least three more. (One of the best things about the apartment is having access to the spacious kitchen.)

Though seemingly nothing was open and though I was starting to be in rather low spirits, I decided that I should head out. My vague intention was to see the buildings on the cover of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I found that the said buildings were named Marina City, and it’s right on the river in the downtown district. Rich people have boats parked under the buildings on the river. Interestingly enough, though, the building was constructed to prevent urban flight (something I learned at a museum today – more on this later) by providing affordable housing in the downtown area – although I imagine that over the years the ideal would have been compromised by buyouts or other things. Nevertheless, it’s still one of the handsomest buildings in the area.

Marina City

As you can see from the picture, I arrived shortly before sunset, and that, together with the fact that the city streets were emptier than usual because of the thanksgiving holiday, turned out to be a good time to see the city.

Downtown 1

(View from the Chicago Riverwalk.)

Downtown 2

(Outside the Oriental Theater.)

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  1. 1 December 2013 at 3:58 pm

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