Walkin’ the Windy City

Vanessa lines up a shot at LaSalle Street Station.  And then we were off on our adventure.

Vanessa lines up a shot at LaSalle Street Station. And then we were off on our adventure.

(Chicago, Illinois) All right, you Smith Brothers, two down and one to go.  By that I mean that we have provided walking tours of the Windy City to Lonny and Pat from Oregon and Rick and Vanessa from Florida, and now we await the pleasure of Mac and Kathy, also from Florida.  Oh, and let us not forget Florida’s Sister Sharon and her hubby Jeff.  Mac and Sharon, you should know that after two tours we’ve got this Walkin’ the Windy City thing figured out.  Lonnie reported to his big brother Rick that Cousin Charley and wife Natalie did all right with their May tour, so we added Sister Missy to the mix this Tuesday for some loops around the Loop that went from the Rookery on LaSalle Street to the mouth of the Chicago River and back.  Cousin Rick, an Army veteran, kept reminding yours truly, a Navy veteran, that he was on point, and so I pointed our five-member squad to as many Chicago landmarks as this old 66-year-old brain could remember. And, folks, you have to realize that Natalie and I moved away from Chicago to Michigan 29 years ago in June, 1987. But once a native always a native, and so I stayed on point all day and did my best to point out what I love best about the city of my birth.  Enjoy our tour:

The architecturally significant Rookery Building on LaSalle at Adams is a staple our McKelvy Walkin' the Windy City Tours.

The architecturally significant Rookery Building on LaSalle at Adams is a staple of our McKelvy Walkin’ the Windy City Tours.

Vanessa and Rick check out the music venue in Millennium Park. Missy joined them the night before for live jazz at Andy's.

Vanessa and Rick check out the music venue in Millennium Park. Missy joined them the night before for live jazz at Andy’s.

You haven't completed a Walkin' the Windy City tour until you become a Beaner.

You haven’t completed a Walkin’ the Windy City tour until you become a Beaner.

Up and over the BP Bridge from Millennium Park to Maggie Daley Park.  Wear comfortable shoes when you tour with us.

Up and over the BP Bridge from Millennium Park to Maggie Daley Park. Wear comfortable shoes when you tour with us.

Sorry, no cruises today.

Sorry, no cruises today.

Cousins Vanessa and Rick were young and in love along the Chicago River yesterday as we toured downtown Chicago on foot.  A full report on Thursday. Stay tuned.

Cousins Vanessa and Rick were young and in love along the Chicago River.

My Vietnam Veteran cousin checks in at the memorial to Chicago veterans who died serving in Vietnam.  Thanks for your service, Rick.

My Vietnam Veteran cousin checks in at the memorial to Chicago veterans who died serving in Vietnam. Thanks for your service, Rick.

Charles Gattis was a friend of the family.  We recalled how devastated Mom was when her friend Maye Gattis called with the sad news that Charles had been killed in Vietnam.

Charles Gattis was a friend of the family. We recalled how devastated Mom was when her friend Maye Gattis called with the sad news that Charles had been killed in Vietnam.

Exploring the Chicago River in comfort and safety.

Exploring the Chicago River in comfort and safety.

We concluded our four-plus-mile walking tour with a much needed rest in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Washington.  Admission is free and the experience is priceless.

We concluded our four-plus-mile walking tour with a much needed rest in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Washington. Admission is free and the experience is priceless.

 

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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