...between east- and west-running streets. Trying to locate the Star of Siam restaurant at 11 E. Illinois, I kept walking east, toward the Lake. It didn’t dawn on me that the east numbers were increasing until I got within sight of Navy Pier:
Courtesy Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau
Jon, I saw all those banners for NextFest taking place on Navy Pier. Oh so tempting: “garments that double as a wearable power source,” bots of all types, etc.
Turned out the restaurant was only 3 blocks from my hotel, and I’d walked about a mile out of my way. But in this best of all possible worlds, said Candide’s cousin, I found myself in front of 435 E. Illinois: the River East Art Center. A kinda confusing virtual site, but a wonderful actual space with lots of galleries, one exhibiting an evocative series of landscape photos taken along the Lewis & Clark trail. Then there’s Valentina DuBasky’s crane paintings. Forget the Blahniks. I’ll take a DuBasky.
Realizing I was only about a block from the river (collection of city aerials, including the river), I walked along the river path lined by sweet-smelling flowering linden trees, had a beer, watched the boats, walked past 401 N. Michigan, where I used to work, right next door to the Tribune Tower and across from the Wrigley Building. In the 401 plaza is “Chief,” an example of the wealth of impressive outdoor sculpture found in downtown Chicago...in addition to the architecture.
The Star of Siam is located in the same building as the Chicago Reader, a free weekly akin to the Village Voice, good for news of what’s happening around town. On the Art&Events front page Critic’s Choices: “Secret Lives of Librarians,” Monday night at Quimby’s, by 5 ALA librarians.
Transportation:A couple of librarians I rode into the city with mentioned shuttle slowness and the public transportation option. One shuttle stop I learned about near where I’m staying is at Ohio & Rush, by the Marriott. Shuttles start at 7 a.m., I was told, and run every 10-15 minutes. But I just might take the #3 bus from Michigan & Grand south to McCormick Place. You can buy (cash-only) tickets at Rapid Transit subway stations. Look for the red entrances. There’s one at the corners of State & Grand. Each trip is ~$2 and you can put in as much money as you like.
Enough of this traveblogging. Tomorrow librarianship. Information Literacy: the pre-conference!
(MAG: you're on!)