In 1906 the 21 story building, that is home to the Hampton Majestic, was the tallest building in Chicago. It is located within walking distance to many of Chicago’s must-see sites. We chose to spend the night here, while in Chicago, it is a beautiful old building with incredible architecture.
Friday morning started bright and early. There were 4 women in our room ( 2 adults and 2 teenagers) needing to get ready for the day, clamoring for the shower and the bathroom mirror. Breakfast was just an elevator ride away, the Majestic offers an incredible continental breakfast.
There was something for everyone, a wide variety. From waffles, eggs (scrambled and hard boiled), breakfast meats, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, muffins, pastries…We all loaded our plates preparing for a day of walking the city.
Although check-out is at noon the hotel will hold your luggage and allow you to leave your car in valet parking for 24 hours after you have released your room. Definitely a plus as we intended to spend most of the day out and about.
Most of the must-see attractions
are within walking distance or a short cab ride from the hotel. The Majestic is located on Monroe, between Dearborn Street and State Street. The House of Blues, where the show was held the night before, was also on Dearborn Street, so it was an easy four or five block walk.
About four blocks from the hotel, was the destination to begin our day.
“Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities. In Millennium Park, you’ll find a new kind of town square – a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and a destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike.”
The Bean (aka Cloud Gate)
“Cloud Gate, a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, is the centerpiece of the Millennium Park. Said to have been inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture’s surface reflects and distorts the city’s skyline. Visitors are able to walk around and under Cloud Gate’s 12-foot (3.7 m) high arch. On the underside is the “omphalos” (Greek for “navel”), a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections.”
“Millennium Park also features Pritzker Pavilion as it’s centerpiece-the new home of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Grant Park Music Festival, the nation’s only remaining free outdoor classical music series. It also hosts a wide range of music series and annual performing arts events. Performers ranging from mainstream rock bands to classical musicians and opera singers have appeared at the pavilion”
While we walked the park we enjoyed listening to the symphony as they practiced for an upcoming concert. The landscape of Millennium Park is beautiful, an oasis in the center of the city.
I enjoy architecture…the shapes juxtaposition against each other. The hard lines of the skyscrapers vs. the fluid lines of The Bean and The Pritzker Pavilion. The architecture here is a sample of the design of the entire city. The old against the new. From behind the camera, or gawking like a tourist, Chicago delighted me. (Click on photos to see the entire picture.)
Stop back to see the rest of the trip. We put in a full day of roaming the northeast area of the city. Although we visited quite a few of Chicago’s landmarks we are looking forward to the next trip to partake in the one’s that we missed. May take several more visits!