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Monday, September 01, 2008

Oak Park, Illinois

The Harvey House Inn
The Jimmy Stewart Suite
The dining room... Delicious daily breakfasts... The kitchen ceiling...
I wanted to share some images of Oak Park, Illinois with you. I have many more, photos of the grand homes of the area, to show you later this week. These photos are of some of the businesses in this pretty town. We stayed in a bed and breakfast inn here. The Harvey House. The charming inn, which I told you all about it in an earlier post, was just as lovely as we hoped it would be.
The *odd* sculpture that many of you asked about sits in Millennium Park. It is the Cloud Gate, a three-story, 110-ton steel sculpture that has been dubbed by Chicago residents as "The Bean". The sculpture is the work of world-renowned artist Anish Kapoor and is the first of his public art in the United States. Cloud Gate is a highly-polished reflective steel sculpture that is meant to resemble a drop of mercury hovering at the point of landing on a plaza of the park. When Millennium Park opened in 2004, the grid of welds around each metal panel was still visible. In early 2005, workers polished out the seams. The curved, mirror-like surface of the sculpture provides striking reflections of visitors, the city skyline and the sky. Since its installation, Cloud Gate has probably become the most popular sculpture in the city. The Park is also home to other fun sculptures and fountains...just another reason that Chicago is such a sweet place to visit!
I hope you are all well...I will be offline most of this week and unable to visit everyone. I am watching my nephew for a few days so will be hopping!
I will try to catch up with you all this coming weekend but, until then, I will keep you all in my thoughts and heart. I have all those in the path of Hurricane Gustav, in my prayers.
Enjoy each moment, smile and be good to yourselves!
Until the 6th,
Love and Hugs to you all!
Susie Q

22 comments:

Gretchen said...

Love your new bloggy look, Sue. Also, your pictures are totally and utterly divine. I would lose myself in the bookstore and the pizza, I'm afraid. :)

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I could spend days in that lovely area! Thanks for sharing it with me Sue!

Have fun with the little one. See you soon! p.s. did you enter my mosaic giveaway? It ends Sept 3rd.
xo
Penny

Tara said...

Susie

Thanks for the tour! Super eye candy..the Jimmy Stewart suite was my fave!

salmagundi said...

Your pictures are great, as usual. They just make me want to visit. I think I've been to Oak Park - isn't that where there are Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and houses? Sally

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Glad you had a good time......amazing photos my dear. Have fun with the nephew. Happy Labor day. cherry

Shelia said...

Your place looks magnificent! You've been busy!I'd love to go there and visit and eat too!! lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

justabeachkat said...

What fun you've been having! Great photos.

Hugs!
Kat

sheila said...

so did the owners of Harvey House know you were casing the joint?

Teasing...

you took some great photos...I've been idling tossing around the idea of a Chicago trip for a couple of years now...and now I think I should def. go...

Brenda said...

Girl I know you get tired of hearing this,but you are so blessed to see so many beautiful places. I wanna travel so bad.

Sugar Bear said...

Looks like a lovely place to be and I'm absolutely loving your new look!
Karla

CIELO said...

Oh wow... wonderful photographs of treasured times... thanks for sharing, Susie.... and oh, by the way, the House in the Roses is having a Window Party this Friday, and wish you could participate.... only thing you need to do is show us your favorite window of your home.... it promises to be fun! come see!

Hugs

cielo

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a fun trip! Thanks for taking us along!
Becky

Rosemary said...

Love the dark red Susie!
What a great place. How lucky that you got to visit there!
The food looks amazing too!!
Thanks for sharing!
Rosemary

Susie said...

Hi Susie Q,
What a wonderful B&B! I can tell you must have had a magnificent time :)
Enjoy your time with your nephew!
xo

Donna said...

Ooooo, great places and wonderful food! Thanks for the tour.

Have fun with your nephew!

Hugs,
Donna

Virginia said...

Wow, I haven't visit you in a while, but I love the new look of your blog and of course your posts and all your pictures are always very enjoyable.
Blessings, Virginia

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Was it my imagination, or did the bacon on that place resemble two little bunnies looking at each other? I have such an imagination. Thanks for sharing all the great pictures. Did you stay in the Jimmy Stewart room? xxoo

FHL said...

Have fun with your nephew :o)

(The Harvey House looked amazing!)

Carolyn said...

What great pics!

JafaBrit's Art said...

The b&b looks lovely and so too your photographs. Always a joy to visit here.

bj said...

ahhh, this has been such a lovely trip..thanks for taking me along.
love, bj

Terri and Bob said...

Love your new "do". I love love love Chicago. I have never heard of the b and b you were in but it looks and sounds delightful. I want the recipe for those egg cups!

Can't wait to see more this week!