The Chicago Tribune building is also gothic architecture and, most interesting, rocks and stones, collected by Tribune correspondents, were brought back from famous sites around the world and embedded in the outside walls. They are free to view by anyone at any time of day. I couldn’t resist and just started clicking away. Did I capture a rock or stone from where you live?
We arrived at the bust of Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable at the north end of the DuSable Bridge on Michigan Avenue above the Chicago River. DuSable is known as the founder of Chicago or Chicago’s first permanent resident and the bust is near where they believe his home to have been.
From the bridge Troy explained to us that Chicago was built on what was once swamp land. This lead to problems (mostly sewage) as the population expanded. The engineers had to sink steel beams deep into the swamp and raise a foundation up above the swamp. They brought in earth to fill in the space that had been created between the streets of the city and the swampy land beneath. While the city was being lifted, in the dark, dank crevices, derelicts, gangsters and the like, made their homes under the city streets and speakeasies flourished. This, said Troy, was the origin of the term “underground.” These shady types were part of the underground.
Among other things Chicago is known for, is its great food. Unfortunately we did not have the time to try even a small sampling but we did manage a few. Our first night we had Lou Malnatis Pizza. I had never really been a fan of deep dish, but this was delicious! The kids just loved it.