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Monday, 14 September 2015

Art… Food… Art… Music in the Park. All in a day’s work in the Windy City.

 
Giant reflective sculpture in Millennium Park


We’re resting up in Chicago for a day or two prior to taking the train down to Denver, where we pick up a car and start exploring.

Looking under the El along West Adams
 
Our hotel is just down West Adams (above), barely three or four hundred yards from the wonderful Art Institute, so we were in soon after they opened at ten this morning, feasting our eyes on everything from Mary Cassatt to Salvador Dali and Roy Lichtenstein, Frederic Remington to Georgia O’Keeffe, with a few Byzantine mosaics and ultra-modern Charles Ray sculptures thrown in. The café isn’t bad either.

The band
 
In the park there was a free concert by a wonderful combo from French-speaking Africa (Senegal and Morocco were mentioned): Mahmoud Ahmed, Ariz Sahmaoui and University of Gnawa.

 
The stage in Millennium Park

Tonight we’re nipping round the corner to a club owned and run by blues legend Buddy Guy. They say he often comes out and plays a few numbers, depending upon how he’s feeling. Culture: it’s such hard work.

On the waterfront